Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster visited The Bay Fish & Chips, on Stonehaven’s idyllic seafront, on Monday, March 16.
It was part of a drive to highlight Aberdeenshire producers during the Year of Food and Drink, and she was greeted by the award-winning shop’s owner Calum Richardson.
During her visit, the Provost chatted with the chip shop staff, was shown how to fry her own portion of fish and chips and discussed with Calum how social media has been helping them diversify.
Provost Webster said: “I thoroughly enjoyed cooking my own portion of fish using the delicious batter mixture created by Calum.
“It’s incredible to think that the batter is now being used on over 20 oil rigs, as well as being sampled by HM Forces.
“My aim this year is to visit food and drink producers across Aberdeenshire to shine a light on the exceptional quality of their produce during the Year of Food and Drink.
“Food and drink is an incredibly important part of the cultural identity and heritage of the north-east and is key in the promotion of the area as a holiday destination.
“Thank you to Calum and everyone at The Bay for having me to visit, I’m really looking forward to trying my own fish frying with the batter they gave me to take away.”
Calum said: “It’s great to see the Provost doing everything she can to promote Scotland’s Year of Food and Drink.
“It was a pleasure to welcome her into The Bay to talk through everything we do, to meet the team and, most importantly, to cook her very own award-winning fish supper.”
Some 89% of ingredients used at The Bay are sourced within a 50-mile radius.
All the fish used in the shop is fully sustainable, in line with the Marine Conservation Society standards.
All of the packaging used in the shop is completely compost-able, including the meal boxes which are made from vegetable and plant by-products.
The Year of Food and Drink is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland and Scotland Food and Drink.
Its aim is to spotlight, celebrate and promote Scotland’s natural larder and quality produce to residents and visitors and in doing so, further develop Scotland’s reputation as a land of food and drink.