The Hairy Bikers' Food tour of Britain continued and they kept the best to last by
arriving in Moray for the final episode in the series. The programme opened with
scenes of Cullen and Bow Fiddle Rock. The motorbiking chefs then decided to bike
along Speyside to Aberlour in an attempt to find out what represented Moray on a
plate. Visits to the Spey Larder delicatessen, The Pantry and Walkers Shortbread
Shop were interspersed with suggestions from locals. These included mince & tatties,
salmon, haggis and Cullen Skink
After deciding Cullen Skink was the most representative dish, it was back on their
bikes to cook in the centre of Elgin. Their version of Cullen Skink had a few unusual
ingredients, including garlic. Onlookers were initially sceptical of the garlic but
they enjoyed the end results.
The Hairy Bikers tour the delights of Moray
Fishing the River Spey at Ballindalloch
The two bikers went on a mission to gather the ingredients for the cook off, visiting
picturesque Ballindalloch Castle. They were given access to the famous junction pool,
where the River Spey meets the River Avon. The trip wasn't a fishing success but
in the best traditions of TV, a trout and salmon had been prepared earlier (caught
that morning by Steve Brant, head gamekeeper).
Then it was off to Lossie Seafoods in Buckie to discover the secrets of smoking salmon
to a high standard, followed by a tasting session.
The bikers eventually produced a dish of wild Spey salmon on a bed of lentils, honey
roasted sea trout, smoked salmon and a scotch egg with a difference - a smoked salmon
scotch quail's egg!
They say too many cooks spoil the broth - not in this case as they won the cook off
with the more elaborate dish. A good achievement especially as Chris Morrison is
the 2009 winner of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival’s professional chef competition.
Dave Myers, rounded the programme off by saying "Moray has so much stunning food,
incredible countryside and welcoming people, it's definitely worth the journey".
Hairy Bikers Food Tour of Britain. Episode 30 Moray. BBC2 1715 2/10/09. Pub. 6/10/09
Moray has so much stunning food, incredible countryside and welcoming people, it's definitely worth the journey". Dave Myers
Garlic in Cullen Skink? Garlic is now a locally grown crop - another reflection of the great climate on the Moray Firth.