International chef visits Scottish Sea Farms site –

International chef visits Scottish Sea Farms site Published:  07 February, 2012

A Japanese chef with seven Michelin Stars, Chef Yoshihiro Murata, and Niall Howard, CEO from the Hakkasan restaurant group, visited the Charlottes Bay fish farm, near Oban, last weekend.

The visit to Scottish Sea Farms was part of a tour by the Japanese chef to experience first-hand the high quality of fresh ingredients available in Scotland.

Niall Howard and Chef Murata are researching ways to introduce Japanese cooking to the UK and they were filming their tour for Japanese television.  Following the farm visit they enjoyed a meal of sashimi salmon at The Ee-usk Restaurant in Oban.  Scottish Sea Farms pre-rigor filleting allowed the super fresh fillets to be available in the fish market on the same day of harvesting.  Chef Murata commented that the sashimi was the freshest salmon he had ever eaten.  He holds the claim to seven Michelin Stars across his three restaurants in Japan.

The Hakkasan Group has three restaurants in London with a Michelin Star and also operates restaurants in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, the USA, and Mumbai, India.

“These distinguished visitors really know their food and we were thrilled that they were so impressed with Scottish Sea Farms’ salmon.  The quality of Scottish salmon is well-known across the world and we were proud to show them our farm and facilities,” said Rory Conn, UK Sales and Commercial Manager for Scottish Sea Farms.

“Our Japanese guests found the site visit fascinating.  It is a professional, world class facility to be proud of,” said Niall Howard, CEO of Hakkasan Group.