Skye chefs are invited to take part in Seafood Scotland's third annual Scottish Oyster Shucking Championships.
The Scottish Oyster Shucking Championships will take place on Saturday 14 September from 11am – 2.30pm at the Stranraer Oyster Festival. The competition promises to be a mix of anticipation and excitement as the finalists battle it out to shuck up to 30 oysters in under three minutes.
The 2019 Scottish Oyster Shucking Champion will go on to represent Scotland at the World Championships in Galway, Ireland in September.
Gordon Reekie, chef at That's Yer Dinner in Glasgow, claimed the title last year and stated: "Winning the ShuckOff title last year will undoubtedly remain a career highlight of mine for years to come. Not only for my own pride as a chef, the industry recognition or even getting the chance to represent my country, but more so the pride of being an ambassador for the amazing, quality seafood which we source from Scottish waters."
Amanda Anderson from Barra Oysters will return to her position as ShuckOff judge accompanied by Clare MacDougall from Seafood Scotland. World champion oyster shucker and Guinness World Record holder, Patrick McMurray aka Shucker Paddy will make his way to Stranraer from Toronto again as the lively host of the championships.
Seafood Scotland is adding to this year's proposition and introducing a Loch Fyne pop-up oyster bar with Ferran Segeur Meyfroodt, Head Oyster Shucker at Oysterman Events. Spectators will be able to purchase oysters across the weekend and chat with Ferran about the sumptuous molluscs.
Clare MacDougall, Trade Marketing Manager at Seafood Scotland, said: "We're delighted to bring the Scottish Oyster Shucking Championships back for another year and I'm confident this year's event will attract even more entrants, including chefs, oyster growers, producers, fisherman and industry specialists from across the country.
"It's a great competition to take part in and each year it grows in popularity, fast developing as an unmissable staple in the Scottish seafood calendar. Our previous two winners and their representation at the World Championships have propelled support from the industry, as well as Scottish recognition at the global event - a goal which will develop further as the event grows."