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The Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment has visited Edinburgh institution Contini Cannonball Restaurant and Bar to sample a new dish celebrating St Andrew’s Day.

Mairi Gougeon MSP met with owner Carina Contini to learn more about how the restaurant has incorporated Scotch Lamb PGI, one of Scotland’s best quality ingredients, into one of its popular menus.

Ms Gougeon sampled the delicious Scotch Lamb dish - Peelham Farm Scotch Lamb rump, braised lamb belly, East Coast baby carrots and jus – whilst Carina, who was earlier this year announced as an ambassador for rural education in Scotland, highlighted the importance of sustainable sourcing from trusted Scottish farms that help support some of Scotland’s most rural communities.

All meat that bears the Scotch Lamb logo has met some of the highest quality assurance standards throughout the entire production and supply chain process.

Lesley Cameron, Director of Marketing and Communications from Quality Meat Scotland, which promotes the Scotch Lamb PGI brand, said: “We’re always really proud to support restaurants serving Scotch Lamb, showcasing one of the country’s best ingredients that not only tastes fantastic but is also reared naturally and sustainably across Scotland’s extensive rural landscape.

“Contini is such an iconic Edinburgh institution and it was great to welcome Ms Gougeon along to sample a special St Andrew’s Day dish to celebrate Scotland’s national day.”

Ms Gougeon, said: “Scotch Lamb to celebrate St Andrews Day is the perfect match, and I would encourage everyone to support their local hill and upland farmers and crofters by cooking Scotch Lamb this year.”

Ms Gougeon’s visit coincides with a national campaign, kicked off by United Auctions’ Managing Director George Purves, to make Scotch Lamb PGI the national dish for St Andrew’s Day. More than 1,500 people up and down the country have committed to celebrating November 30th with Scotch Lamb and sharing their support on social media using the #LambForStAndrewsDay hashtag.

For more information on Scotch Lamb, Scotch Beef and Specially Selected Pork, visit www.scotchkitchen.com or Scotch Kitchen on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.