Top chef flies to Shetland to support charity event –

Top chef flies to Shetland to support charity event Published:  20 October, 2006

Martin Wishart

MICHELIN-STARRED Scottish Chef of the Year Martin Wishart, along with a team of chefs, is flying to the Shetland Islands this weekend to aid the community’s fund-raising effort to purchase its own CAT Scanner.

The chefs have offered their services for a corporate black tie Charity Ball being held at Lerwick Town Hall this weekend.

The Shetland community has been trying to raise over £1 million in order to aid the purchase of a CAT scanner for the local Gilbert Bain Hospital, and is on target with over £900,000 raised since May.

Martin Wishart, of Wishart‘s Restaurant, Leith, said “It was the combination of my own Shetland family connections, coupled with my professional knowledge of the quality of indigenous Shetland produce such as Johnson Sustainable Seafoods, and fabulous Shetland Lamb, that convinced me to donate my services and that of my finest chefs to the community’s fund raising efforts“.

Martin will be creating a sumptuous banquet using the finest of Shetland’s produce as part of the festivities which also include a champagne reception, presentation by Tavish Scott MSP, after-dinner speaker, followed by a charity auction which includes support from Gleneagles, Rangers and Celtic Football Clubs. Shetlands best dance band Da Fustra will round the evening off.

Guests flying up especially to attend the event, which will be held each year in support of charities nominated by the local community, include Trish Shorthouse, Commissioner for Scottish Film, Geoff Wilcock of Strategic Integrations Ltd, and David Wilkinson of The Institute of Directors.

Managing Director Gillian Ramsay said “ We have been overwhelmed by the support that businesses, both local and on the mainland have given to this event. Shetland is a very special community that pulls together, and the need for a locally-based CAT Scanner is one that has touched us all in one way or another. It is thanks to the people of Shetland, and their support of our company that has put us in a position to be able to host such an event. It is our way of saying ‘Thank you’ to them. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.