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Chef Mark Greenaway wins Prestigious award with first Cookbook

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Scottish cookbook by Mark Greenaway, ‘Perceptions – Recipes from Restaurant Mark Greenaway’ has won the ‘Best in World’ title at this year’s Gourmand Cookbook Awards in Yantai, China. To think that someone from Scotland was up against France’s ‘La Bonne Etape’ and Singapore’s ‘Octophilosophy’ by Andre’ Chang is truly inspiring.
Mark, who travelled to China to collect the award, said ‘when writing a cookbook, winning awards is the furthest thing from your mind. I really just wanted to write the best cookbook I knew I could. It was such a long journey to get to where I am, and find myself lucky enough to be in the position to write a special cookbook for Scotland. When you consider the title, I really couldn’t have wished for better subject matter, as it has been my feeling for many years now that the perception of Scottish food does need to change. We do such an amazing job of promoting produce all over the world, and I felt it was way overdue that we show the world what we do with it’.
Perceptions shows off what Scottish food is all about. Featuring recipes that defy the often misrepresented reputation of Scottish cuisine, the philosophy behind the book is to challenge the perception of Scottish food forever by championing the world-class array of Scottish produce through fresh eyes, new techniques and beautiful recipes for the discerning cook.
As one of the largest cookbook awards in the world and with entries from over 200 countries, Mark, the team, and his publisher Relish were delighted to be included in the final shortlist of seven books, in amongst some exceptional chefs with top ranking restaurants. To win this accolade however shows the impact that Scottish cuisine has globally.
Mark Greenaway Bio:
Mark Greenaway of Restaurant Mark Greenaway in Edinburgh was the only chef in Scotland to be newly awarded 3 AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence in 2012, his commitment and drive place him in the very top tier of Scottish chefs.  Restaurant Mark Greenaway has held its 3 AA Rosettes every year since 2013, and has now been named number 13 in the UK by Square Meal in their 2016 list of the top 100 restaurants. It has also been voted Best Restaurant runner up in the Observer Food Monthly awards in 2013, 2015, 2016.
Mark is an ambassador for Scotland Food and Drink and played a key role in supporting the year of food and drink 2015. He works closely with Seafood Scotland and in March 2016 he joined them at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston.
In January of 2017 Mark appeared on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen, and throughout 2015 Mark appeared as a weekly guest chef on STV Edinburgh’s The Fountainbridge Show. In 2014 Mark appeared live as a guest on BBC’s Newsnight and as a guest chef on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch. In April 2012 Mark represented Scotland on BBC2’s Great British Menu and appeared again in the 2013 series. In early 2013, Mark mentored a group of teenagers from Linlithgow Academy in Scotland as they endeavoured to launch a healthy take-away business for Teen Canteen. This was filmed for a 3-part documentary series that was aired on BBC2 in November 2013.
2016 has seen the launch of Mark’s first cookbook, Perceptions – Recipes from Restaurant Mark Greenaway.  Featuring recipes that defy the often misrepresented reputation of Scottish cuisine, the philosophy behind the book is to challenge the perception of Scottish food forever by championing the world-class array of Scottish produce through fresh eyes, new techniques and beautiful recipes for the discerning cook.
Throughout 2014 and 2015 Mark was a weekly columnist for the Edinburgh Evening News and was a guest chef columnist for Scotland Now in September 2014.
With a passion for Scottish ingredients, Mark uses only the very best local, seasonal produce, transforming them with modern techniques. Mark’s signature style is desserts; a visit to Restaurant Mark Greenaway is an invitation to indulge in dessert.
Awards and Accolades
Gourmand Awards – Best Cookbook in the World in the Chef Category 2017
Scottish Food Awards 2017 – Best Contemporary Dining Destination
Observer Food Monthly Awards – Runner-up best restaurant in 2013, 2015, 2016
Square Meal – Ranked number 13 in the top 100 UK restaurants 2016
The AA Awards – 3 AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence held since 2013
Notable Wine List – AA Guide 2016
Recommended in the Good Food Guide 2016
Recommended in the Michelin Guide 2016
i-On Food and Drink reader awards 2014 – Highly Recommended
Restaurant Magazine – Top 100 UK Restaurants 2014
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Chef Damian to open Gastropub with International theme

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It is not enough that one of our favourites, local Chef Damian Wawrzyniak, cooked with the fabulous Mary Berry, he is now spoiling us with the opening of  House of Feasts in Eye Green, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire next month.

The 70-cover restaurant will serve a hearty menu with varied influences, according to Wawrzyniak.

He told Favourite Tables: “We will be serving an international menu with lots of meat dishes. The House of Feasts also has a large garden and we will be running BBQ’s and hog roasts in the warmer months.”

The current plan is to close the site (previously the Maccaloo gastropub) for refurbishment at the end of May to a grand opening on 9 June. Damian’s wife Alicja, an accomplished interior designer, will be project managing the refit and design concept working alongside him and head chef Dominik Pietrzyk.

Damian is a “local” chef hailing from St Neots, but with an international reputation. Early on in his career he worked at Noma in Copenhagen, at the London 2012 Olympics ran the Seafood restaurant and has recently taken restaurants from concept to successful launch in London together with a project at Park Royal London developing a culinary academy owned by the Maroush Group. He has also graced our TV screens cooking his now famous Babka, the brioche style polish cake traditionally baked at Easter, which he cooked on the BBC Two programme Mary Berry’s Easter Feast.

Favourite Tables first met Damian back in 2013, he was one of our first Chef’s Table interviews. Back then he had the vision to one day run his own restaurant, stating then that his restaurant would be a place where customers could find “honest prices and traditional flavours.” He had planned to open a restaurant at the end of 2016 and had investigated a number of options for funding even initially via a crowdfunding project. House of Feasts is for both Damian and Alicja a realisation of their dream with the pair financing the lease, refurbishment and rebranding of the restaurant themselves. Damian told us: “It was a long journey and the hard work will start now, but Alicja and I are looking forward to welcoming everyone to the House of Feasts in June.”

Favourite Tables is looking forward to visiting House of Feasts and catching up with Damian soon!


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