A top chef who has championed the cause of Scottish salmon has been awarded a coveted Michelin star. Shaun Rankin’s restaurant – also called Shaun Rankin – at Grantley Hall, Ripon in Yorkshire serves only UK-sourced ingredients.
Rankin has been working with the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation since last year, helping the SSPO better understand the priorities of the UK’s food service sector and working with the organisation to create exclusive recipes, which are due to be published this spring.
He uses hand-reared, hand-fed Wester Ross Salmon as a key element in several of his celebrated dishes, and last year spent a day at the Wester Ross Salmon farm at Ardessie, near Ullapool.
Rankin said: “Visiting the farm in the remote Scottish Highlands allowed me to see for myself the exceptional standards to which these fish are raised. For me good food is all about locality, it’s all about the people growing it and the passion they have for their product.”
“Knowing exactly where my fish is coming from and personally meeting the farmers looking after them means that my customers know they’re getting the highest quality salmon, grown in the most responsible and sustainable way.”
Gilpin Bradley, Managing Director at Wester Ross Salmon, said: “We are proud to be one of [Shaun’s] suppliers; his depth of knowledge about food is remarkable, it is a privilege to witness his artistry. We wish him, and his team, many more successes in the future and look forward to welcoming him back to the Highlands very soon.”