During the trip, 23 Master Chefs of France (Maîtres Cuisiniers de France) visited the Scottish Salmon Company farm at Loch Fyne and Loch Fyne Smokery on 10 October.
The chefs were also hosted by Quality Meat Scotland on a farm visit to Shantron Farm in Luss. They are also scheduled to visit Glengoyne whisky distillery where they will sample Scotland’s most famous tipple as well as other produce such as cheese and oatcakes.
Their visit culminates in a Gala dinner, hosted by Fiona Hyslop MSP, cabinet secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.
The event is part of the Scotland Food & Drink Export Plan – designed to increase exports across a wider range of markets and products. It has been organised by Scottish Development International, Scotland Food & Drink and key trade associations and will demonstrate the quality and variety of food and drink Scotland has to offer.
The partners hope it will encourage French chefs to source more from Scotland and inspire even more producers to export to France.
Latest figures show that the total value of Scottish food and drink exports to France was £722m, representing a 56% increase since 2007 and making France Scotland’s second largest food and drink export market in the world, behind only the United States.
Culture and external affairs secretary, Fiona Hyslop, said: "We’ve seen the value of Scottish food and drinks exports to France increase significantly in recent years, underlining the growing importance our friends across The Channel place on sourcing authentic produce from Scotland’s rich and natural larder. This is a real compliment from the nation widely recognised as the world’s culinary epicentre.
"I look forward to sharing our land of food and drink with the Master Chefs of France in their first overseas visit: it truly is a great opportunity to showcase our many fantastic food and drink producers to some of the best chefs in the world."
Susan Beattie, head of Food & Drink at Scottish Development International, said: "We are delighted to welcome these prestigious chefs to Scotland and are proud to introduce them to the very best of Scotland’s food and drink. The appetite for our products in France has grown in recent years and this trend looks set to continue."
James Withers, chief executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said: "The Master Chefs’ visit is a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate why Scotland is a Land of Food and Drink. France is our top European food and drink export market and is identified as one of the priority prospects for further growth. France is already the destination for Label Rouge Scottish salmon, seafood, red meat and cheese but there is scope to build the range and volume of products further."
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