Captain’s Galley and The Carnegie Club. Scottish Highlands 2010-2013

After working extensively in the fishing industry for over 30 years, in 2001 Chef Jim and Mary Cowie bought the old ice house and salmon bothy [dating back to the early 1800s] in the fishing port of Scrabster converting it into what is now the Captain’s Galley; one of the most celebrated seafood restaurants in the United Kingdom.

I met Chef Jim Cowie and his wife, Mary in 2007 when I was working in Sydney, Australia.  Their son, Anthony and I were sharing an apartment and working together at Guillaume at Bennelong. Anthony had been working with Guillaume for several years when I arrived as he was the head server and whisky expert at the restaurant.  Jim came to spend some time with us in the Bennelong kitchen on a few occasions. We became friends and kept in contact.

I made 3 visits to Scotland in the years following my time in Sydney.  Working with Jim has been inspirational.  The abundance and quality of seafood in his region is shocking.  I’ve had the opportunity to attend the exclusive fish auctions that take place just a few steps away from the front door of his restaurant.  The close relationships that Jim carries with his local fishermen is a crucial element in the magic that happens at the Captain’s Galley Restaurant.