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Five-star cuisine at the Farmers’ Market

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An exciting link has been formed between the  five star St Andrews Old Course Hotel and the Fife Farmers’ Market.

The executive chef at the world renowned resort, Martin Hollis, is running cookery demonstrations at the market on the first Saturday of every month.

Combining five star cooking with the best of Fife’s local produce this is thought to be a UK first.

Barbara Wardlaw, of the Fife Farmers’ Market, said how the Old Course Hotel wanted to be involved in the market, and how delighted they are to have Martin as part of the St Andrews experience.

Daniel Pereira, general manager of the resort, said how much they enjoy getting involved in the local community and went on to say:

“We know that food and drink plays a vital role not just in our enjoyment of life, but it is also fundamental to supporting our region’s economy. Our resort has more than 100 companies in and around St Andrews on its suppliers’ list – efforts that have been recognised and rewarded by the Scottish tourism industry. “

Executive chef Martin leads the talented team of chefs at the Hotel while overseeing the resort’s 3 AA rosette-awarded Road Hole Restaurant.

“I have been involved in many demonstrations and displays over my career, but this is a first and one that is genuinely exciting. The Fife Farmers’ Market has grown both in size and reputation and we are glad be involved. Our work at the resort is about taking the very best local, regional and Scottish ingredients – in season – and serving them to our guests and visitors, whether in our restaurants, the Jigger Inn or at the Duke’s Golf Club.

At the market demonstrations, I will be working with produce on site and showing those visiting the market just how to make the very best from the fabulous produce available.”


The first demomstartion took place at the beginning of May, and was preceded by a ‘meet and greet’ attended by Barbara, Food from Fife’s Viv Collie, and local businesses.

Barbara said that it had been good to get people together with Martin.

“We have such an eclectic collection of traders selling all manner of amazing produce – from the expected beef, lamb, pork, venison, poultry, fish, seafood, cheese and fresh fruit & vegetables to the less well known water buffalo, beers & ales, herbs, oils & vinegars and teas.

“I know Martin will have great fun working with them,” she said.

Viv also expressed delight over the joint initiative, and described it as a perfect example of how work done by Food from Fife can foster contacts and help to bring businesses together.

“This helps to spread the message about our wonderful natural larder to locals and visitors,” said Viv.

The Farmers’ Market in St Andrews is located in the car park between Argyle Street and Doubledykes Road. The Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa will be at every St Andrews market up to and including Saturday November 2nd.

Martin’s recipes will be available to download from