Paul Wedgwood is one of Scotland’s leading chefs and restaurateurs, his creativity and love for Scottish produce is second to none. He has travelled all over the world putting Scottish produce and Scotland’s national dish, haggis, on the map. Furthermore, he has built the award-winning, Wedgwood the Restaurant into a popular dining hotspot for locals and tourist alike with its central location on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.
What sets Paul apart from his contemporaries is his enthusiasm to communicate his passion for food and his outstanding ability to impart his knowledge to others. To encourage interest in the industry and cooking he works with Holy Cross Primary School, in Edinburgh to educate 10 -11-year-olds on how to reduce food waste, supplying all the food himself. For the past five years, he has been working with the senior home economic students at Ross High School and North Berwick High School, assisting with a variety of aspects from food presentation to cookery processes, all whilst promoting a career in hospitality. Most recently he hosted a class on fish filleting at North Berwick.
Paul is a passionate forager, with over four decades of experience in foraging throughout the UK, he fell in love with foraging back when he was in Cub Scouts. Due to his knowledge and experience in foraging, this year he has been invited to become a stakeholder in Nature Scot’s Wild Food Accreditation Scheme. He also hosts popular group and bespoke foraging experiences throughout the year that are fully booked as soon as dates are released. During these workshops he leads a group forage searching out the very best wild seasonal ingredients. After a morning of learning about wild food on the east coast, guests return to the restaurant for lunch that is prepared using some of the wild food. Paul will also explain how the wild ingredients can be prepared and served at home and be on hand to answer any questions and talk through all the dishes.