Masterchef drops in on master farmer

BBCMasterchef winner Mat Follas (on the left in our picture) swapped the professional kitchen and restaurant for the farmyard this week when he visited FW’s current Farmer of the Year Adrian Ivory in Meigle, Perthshire.






View pictures of Mat Follas’ visit to Strathisla Farms on our FWiSpace forums.


Having been greatly impressed with the business ethos and cost management skills at Mr Ivory’s Strathisla Farms, Mr Follas then helped him in his quest to prove that bull beef tastes just as good – if not better – than steer beef, by cooking a sample of steaks from the farms’ cattle.


A tasting panel made up of friends, family, workforce and Mr Follas were all unanimous in that 21-day matured bull beef had far greater taste and tenderness than 21-day steer beef.


The visit also included a masterclass from the Strathisla Farms’ stockmen on how to train pedigree show cattle for the show ring, an image Mr Follas hopes to have up in his new restaurant The Wild Garlic, which opens in the middle of June in Beaminster, Dorset.


Mr Ivory will join Mr Follas in the opening week and will get the chance to help serve one of the first covers in the restaurant, as well as visit some of Mr Follas’ suppliers and butchers.





View pictures of Mat Follas’ visit to Strathisla Farms on our FWiSpace forums.


Keep an eye out in June for FW’s full coverage of the job swap including pictures and video.