Three Chimneys boss named as food tsar for Scotland

Shirley Spear, founder of the Michelin-starred Three Chimneys Restaurant on Skye, has been named chair of the new Scottish Food Commission.

As chair Mrs Spear (pictured) will lead the commission in its efforts to help Scotland become a Good Food Nation and improve the country’s attitude to eating fresh and healthy produce.

Joining her on the committee are industry experts from various areas including environment, retail, seafood, access to affordable food, education, children and young people. The vice-chair is Julie Fitzpatrick, who is currently the chair of food security at the college of medical, veterinary and life sciences at the University of Glasgow.

Shirley Spear said she was “very honoured” to have been selected as chair. “The work of the commission will not be confined to those of us who sit around the table, but also involve close relationships with a wide number of food champions hard at work within their own communities,” she said: “I believe that this new and collaborative approach is exciting, but also significant.

“Good Food and Scotland are two things I can safely say I am very passionate about in life. Scotland’s natural larder of exceptional ingredients is something that every member of our population should regard with a big spoonful of pride.

“Food is all about our culture and our heritage too. It is all about our family roots, as well as where we live, work and play today. Food is all about families, friendship, fun and feeling good about life. We all need these important things around us to make every day special.”

The Scottish Food Commission will hold its first meeting on Wednesday 18th March. It will provide advice to Scottish Ministers on measures which will contribute to making Scotland a Good Food Nation and will establish a local network to champion good food issues locally, as well as working in close partnership with key stakeholders.