Auctioneers in bid to be best cook-off chef

Scott Chapman (L) & Colin Slessor at Thanstone Centre Inverurie. The pair are to take part in a ready, steady cook competition at Taste of Grampian on 3rd June 2017. Rhuary Grant Photography
Scott Chapman (L) & Colin Slessor at Thanstone Centre Inverurie. The pair are to take part in a ready, steady cook competition at Taste of Grampian on 3rd June 2017. Rhuary Grant Photography

Two stars of hit BBC series The Mart are set to swap gavels for griddles next weekend.

Aberdeen and Northern Marts auctioneer Colin Slessor and trainee auctioneer Scott Chapman are to go head-to-head in a Ready, Steady Cook-style competition at the Taste of Grampian event.

The pair have been brushing-up their cooking skills in preparation for the contest which will take place on Saturday at 2.30pm in Ring 3 at the Aberdeen and Northern Marts base at Thainstone, Inverurie.

Arranged by sponsor Quality Meat Scotland the competition is expected to attract a crowd of supporters to cheer the duo on.

The pair will receive a mystery bag of ingredients from which they have to prepare a dish.

The culinary prowess of the dynamic duo will be commentated on throughout their kitchen stint by TV and BBC radio presenter Bryan Burnett.

Bryan will also be commentating on the Taste of Grampian Young Olive competition.

The winner of the cook-off will be presented with a special prize by celebrity chef James Martin.

Colin said: “My wife does most of the cooking at home, but I’m always up for a challenge and trying something different.

“I think the secret to success is being prepared – so I’ll be certainly swotting up on the recipe books before the event to try to get a bit of a head start!”

Graeme Sharpe, marketing executive from Quality Meat Scotland, which promotes the Specially Selected Pork brand, said: “There’s real excitement building around the cook-off and bets are on to see which auctioneer will perform best and pick up the prize. Good luck to them both.”

Specially Selected Pork is the main sponsor of Taste of Grampian 2017 and its high profile involvement aims to ensure visitors leave with a better understanding of the Scottish pig industry.

Tickets for Taste of Grampian are available online at www.tasteof grampian.co.uk

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