Fresh Scottish Ingredients Land in the Centre of the Plate in Montreal

Fresh Scottish Ingredients Land in the Centre of the Plate in Montreal

TORONTO (May 3, 2018) – In a special public offering hosted May 3rd-6th, at Maison Publique, Montreal’s Chef Derek Dammann will be adding Scotch Surf & Turf dishes to his regular menu. The offering is in celebration of a selection of Scottish products now available in Canada, as well as in anticipation of many more products to hit the market in the coming months.

Items like Lochlander Scottish Salmon “Ravigote,” Scotch Lamb Rack & Sauce Paloise, Scottish Langoustine & Ailoi, and Scotch Lamb Tartare with Jalapeño & Mint will be available to order.

This Scotch Surf & Turf, and its invitational industry preview dinner last night, May 2nd, follows Macsween of Edinburgh’s October Scottish showcase in Toronto which was held in syndication with the announcement of haggis beginning its export to Canada after a 50-year hiatus due to red meat import regulations.

“Scotland is proud to present Its traditional grass-fed and free-range lamb to the Canadian market. Canadian food connoisseurs will enjoy the depth and discreet favours of our lamb, reconnecting with the gastronomic tradition of this product. Perfect as a dish but also as an ingredient to dishes such as Scotch Surf & Turf, we are offering the best from the Scottish sea and the Scottish land.”

– Laurent Vernet, Director of Strategic Engagement at Quality Meat Scotland

Clare MacDougall, Trade Marketing Manager of Seafood Scotland, added:

“I am delighted that Seafood Scotland is working in partnership with QMS to create this unique Scotch Surf & Turf event in Montreal. It provides the perfect opportunity to showcase Scotland’s finest shellfish, whitefish and salmon to Canadian buyers and industry influencers from across the country.”

From spending many years working in the UK alongside Jamie Oliver, to running one of the top restaurants in Montreal, let alone listed at #13 on Canada’s 100 Best 2018, Chef Dammann is no stranger to recognizing quality ingredients. When being asked to host the industry dinner and the special offering, he couldn’t have been more thrilled at the prospect of Scotland-imported products and the collaboration with Seafood Scotland and Quality Meat Scotland.

“Having lived in London, England for several years, I was fortunate enough to be able to cook with the incredible bounty that Scotland has to offer. We’re very lucky to be able to have our guests experience this here at Maison Publique.”

Lorraine Bruce Helmkay, Vice President of Food & Drink at Scottish Development International, echoed the sentiment.

“We are very proud of Scotland’s fantastic natural larder and I am sure that Chef Derek Dammann’s creative take on Scottish Seafood and Scotch Lamb will delight patrons and celebrate the launch of Scotch Surf & Turf in Canada.”


“It is truly an extraordinary opportunity to bring a taste of Scotland Food & Drink to the inspiring atmosphere of Maison Publique, in the great food city of Montreal, combining our premium products with the vision and execution of the incredible Chef Derek Dammann.”


The Scotch Surf & Turf menu will be available during regular hours at Maison Publique. To book your reservation, visit

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Scottish Development International (SDI) works to attract inward investment and knowledge to Scotland to help the economy grow. It also helps Scottish based companies to trade overseas and promotes Scotland as a good place to live, work and do business. It is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise and its work is guided by the Scottish Government’s strategy for economic development in Scotland. To find out more visit us at

From succulent whitefish and glistening shoals of mackerel to sweet-flavoured shellfish and the world’s largest supply of langoustine, Scottish seafood is sustainable, diverse and delicious. With more than 2,000 boats employing 5,000 fishermen who land over 60 different species into Scotland each year, this makes us one of the largest seafood producers in Europe.

Founded in tradition, whilst focussed on the future, continued investments are made in skills, technology and equipment to ensure high quality seafood is produced from sea to place, fully traceable and safe to eat. Visit to learn more.

QMS is the public body responsible for promoting the PGI labelled Scotch Beef and Scotch Lamb brands in the UK and abroad and also promoting Scottish pork products under the Specially Selected Pork logo.

QMS also helps the Scottish red meat sector improve its sustainability, efficiency and profitability and maximise its contribution to Scotland’s economy.

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