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PICTURES: Perfect pairing as Inverness star chef teams up with The Malt Room for tasty evening


By Federica Stefani

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Upstairs at the Malt Room. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Upstairs at the Malt Room. Picture: James Mackenzie.

An Inverness MasterChef finalist teamed up with a popular city whisky bar for a special tasting night last weekend.

The first culinary event for The Malt Room was a success as they hosted Sarah Rankin and her culinary creations in their tasting room.

Over the night, the 12 people attending were treated to a seven-course menu featuring local produce – from a Connage Smoked Dunlop croquette with micro herbs from Highland Microgreens and gherkin ketchup to Great Glen Charcuterie to a cod with deep fried Shetland mussels, sea buckthorn beurre blanc and microgreens and ending with a damson pate de fruits with damsons foraged personally by Sarah.

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She said: "It was such a great event and it was great to be working with Matt and his team at his fantastic venue.

Matt Macpherson and Sarah Rankin in the Malt Room. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Matt Macpherson and Sarah Rankin in the Malt Room. Picture: James Mackenzie.

"The food and drink landscape in Inverness is so exciting and I'm looking forward to hosting more pop ups like this across the Highlands to help to promote the venues, suppliers and producers that I love.

"So if anyone has a venue and they'd like to do something fun, let's talk!"

The evening saw each dish paired with various drinks selected by the Malt Room team.

Food. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Food. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Drink. Picture: James Mackenzie.
Drink. Picture: James Mackenzie.

Owner Matt Macpherson said: "It was great to work with Sarah, the food was really good. It was the first time we did a food and drink pairing and we are looking forward to organise more events like this.

"For us it was about making whisky more approachable – so we didn't pair every dish with a dram but also offered the likes of English sparkling wine and cocktails to pair with each course.

"It was a great night and we really hope to work with Sarah in the future."


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