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Gary Maclean (right) with Brakes Scotland director of operations John McLintock

Brakes Scotland and MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean have agreed a partnership to promote Scottish produce.

The Glaswegian chef, who was crowned 2016 MasterChef champion, will support the foodservice provider’s commitment to sourcing local products.

“The team at Brakes Scotland have so much passion and enthusiasm for Scottish produce,” said Maclean, who has used the service for the past 25 years.

“It’s fantastic to see the work the company is doing to support Scottish suppliers, including collaborating with smaller suppliers, and I’m really excited to be part of this. I have always been a huge advocate of Scottish produce across the seasons, from shellfish to fresh berries, and I believe Scotland is the envy of Europe in terms of the quality of produce we have on our doorstep. As a chef and lecturer I know first-hand how important locally sourced food, with strong provenance, is to chefs and consumers.”

Brakes Scotland currently has 80 suppliers providing 400 Scottish product lines - the equivalent of about £70m of food that is produced in the country each year.

“Gary is an incredibly well-respected and dynamic powerhouse in the world of food and we’re thrilled he’s on board to help enhance our Scottish focus and to work directly with our customers,” said Brakes Scotland director of operations John McLintock.

“We have grown our Scottish offering considerably. For example, our dairy products are now entirely Scottish, and we have plans in the pipeline that will add to a brilliant Scottish range.

“We have always supported young chefs and Gary will help us to inspire young talent in Scotland, as well as develop new recipes and some other exciting initiatives. We remain focused on truly putting Scottish food at the very heart of our business.”