UK's only outlet opens in Scotland
Top chefs get a taste for world’s costliest beef
Three Michelin-starred chefs gathered in Scotland yesterday to mark the opening of the only UK store selling Wagyu – the world’s most expensive beef.
Legendary French chef, Albert Roux OBE, was joined by Tom Kitchin and Pierre Koffman to launch Wagyu House in Bridge of Allan.
The new high street store is the brainchild of the husband and wife team, Mohsin Altajir and Martine Chapman, who are behind Highland Wagyu.
It will cater specially for the local retail market and the hundreds of private UK customers on their books with Wagyu products ranging from £10 to £1,000 per kilo.
Albert Roux quickly became a mentor to the team, and the product, which is currently supplied to his Chez Roux restaurant at Cromlix House in Dunblane, will soon be available in his other restaurants across Scotland.
Tom Kitchin has taken the beef at his Leith-based restaurant, The Kitchin, since it opened, while Pierre Koffman is chef proprietor of Koffmans at The Berkeley in Knightsbridge.
Mr Altajir, owner of Wagyu House, said: “When we set up Highland Wagyu five years ago we knew chefs would be interested, but we didn’t anticipate such an overwhelming demand from the private market.”
Ms Chapman, who runs Dunblane-based Highland Wagyu, the UK’s largest producer of the Japanese beef cattle, said: “We wanted to keep everything local. Bridge of Allan is on our doorstep so we can oversee every aspect to ensure quality every step of the way, and the main suppliers of beef are bred and processed within a five-mile radius.”
Since trading started at the beginning of June, the shop has sold more than a tonne of Wagyu beef, including a sell-out stand at the Royal Highland Show.
Photo: (l-r) Martine Chapman, Pierre Koffman, Tom Kitchin, Albert Roux and Mohsin Altajir (contributed)