The Gift of Grouse
Jim Goodlad, Gamekeeping and Countryside Management lecturer at Elmwood, recently attended the Gift of Grouse event hosted by Kate Forbes, MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch, in the Scottish Parliament.
The lunchtime reception, which was well attended by individuals and representatives from the Gamekeeping and Countryside industry, showcased the availability of grouse in oven-ready formats and celebrated grouse as a food which is in demand from consumers.
Guests were joined by 10 MSPs who listened to Kate Forbes praising grouse as a healthy and sustainable food and encouraged MSPs to support the efforts of estates, rural food businesses and game dealers.
Everyone then enjoyed a presentation from Brian Grogor, head chef from Number One restaurant in The Balmoral Hotel, who spoke about his love of cooking grouse and his background in gamekeeping. He spoke highly of the premium Scottish game which is locally sourced and is a firm favourite with the country’s top chefs every season. The attendees were then invited to sample an array of grouse canapes.
Jim Goodlad said:
“Grouse shooting is an integral part of rural Scotland, supporting local communities, providing seasonal and full-time employment, while also encouraging biodiversity on the grouse moor, and sustaining and benefitting other species of wildlife.
“Grouse is a wild organic produce, widely available throughout Scotland and readily available to a diverse range of consumers. High in protein, rich in omega 3 & 6, and almost fat free, it is a healthy option. Grouse is truly a testament to our highly skilled hardworking and dedicated industry sector.”