Jonny Dunbar of Duks Restaurant

Jonny Dunbar of Duks Restaurant

The head chef from award-winning Ducks fine dining restaurant will be unveiling his best cooking tips at an event which is encouraging Edinburgh residents and visitors to discover more about East Lothian’s attractions.

Jonny Dunbar, head chef at Ducks at Kilspindie House in Aberlady, East Lothian, will be giving live cooking demonstrations on Thursday August 9th from 4pm to 6pm at Wish you were there – an initiative of East Lothian Council, in partnership with local businesses, to encourage Edinburgh residents and visitors to discover more about East Lothian’s attractions.  Jonny will be making some of the finest dishes using local produce for people to sample so that they can either visit the restaurant or simply try making the dishes at home. He will be making some of the following dishes:

  •     Hand dived scallop, confit of Duke of York potato, butternut squash veloutte, foraged wood sorrel.
  •     Hot smoked Firth of Forth mackerel fillet, braised baby gem, fresh peas, sea aster, mussel broth.
  •     East Fenton wood pigeon breast, sherry braised puy lentils, celeriac puree, red amaranth, red wine jus.
  •     Seared Tyninghame venison loin, apple & celeriac remoulade, poached gooseberries, young shoots.
  •     Dark chocolate fondant, Belhaven Fruit Farm berries, clotted cream

Jonny, who has been head chef at Ducks since 2007, is East Lothian’s best kept secret, hidden within the white washed walls of Ducks at Kilspindie House. Owned by award winning restaurateur Malcolm Duck, it lives up to its reputation for excellent food and wine and friendly, knowledgeable staff.

Malcolm Duck, owner of Ducks at Kilspindie House, said “We are delighted to share some of the best cooking tips and local food which Ducks regularly serve at “Wish you were there”, St Andrew Square.

“Jonny, who prefers to buy direct from source rather than large suppliers, has a culinary style that is decidedly uncomplicated yet embraces everything that is seasonal, local and Scottish – a simplicity that is a winning combination.

” We would like to encourage people to visit East Lothian and enjoy some of the wonderful activities the area offer such as golfing, bird watching and walking and also enjoy a fantastic meal at either Ducks fine dining restaurant.  With white linen and candles and a mouth-watering seasonal a’ la carte menu including seafood, steaks, lobster, we use much of the local East Lothian produce. Or you can always enjoy a meal at Donald’s bar/bistro for a more casual relaxing dining experience.”

Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Cllr. John McMillan, explained: “Wish you were there … is a two week initiative devised by East Lothian Council to encourage more of our Edinburgh neighbours and the city’s many visitors to come along and discover what’s on their doorstep. Activities will run at the square for a fortnight and will include cookery demonstrations, tastings of some of the top food and drink produced within East Lothian and events for all the family including pony rides, art workshops and sporting challenges.

“All visitors to St Andrew’s Square will receive a special Wish you were there … passport providing full details of events and attractions. Whether people are looking for somewhere new to enjoy a meal out or seeking to enjoy a mini-break the East Lothian has lots to offer.”

Wish you were there will take place in the central park area of St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, which will become a temporary base for many of East Lothian’s businesses and visitor attractions from Wednesday 1 August.