Waitrose, in collaboration with Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel, has helped make the largest recorded Scotch egg. The supermarket chain supplied special exclusive Clarence Court Ostrich eggs to create the meaty mélange which weighed in at 6.2kg, the equivalent to a bowling ball.
In order to break the previous record, Clarence Court called upon Lee Streeton, Executive Chef at Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel. Using a number of fresh groceries including 1.7kg ostrich egg, 4kg of Gloucester Old Spot sausage-meat, 940g of haggis and 800g of breadcrumbs for the coating, the entire cooking process took more than eight hours, with ninety minutes alone spent boiling the egg.
The ultimate picnic food, the Scotch egg is a prime example of authentic, indigenous, hearty British produce. Contrary to popular belief, it was not invented by the Scots but rather the London food shop Fortnum & Mason, who first concocted this portable version of sausage and eggs in 1738.
Clarence Court Director, Lisa Rowe, said, “As industry innovators, we are delighted to be able to work with Rocco Forte’s Brown’s Hotel to produce this super-sized snack. The ostrich egg is the latest – and largest – addition to our range, so it only seemed fitting to let Lee Streeton have a bit of fun with it and cook up something rather different for The Albemarle carving trolley.”
Streeton added, “Genuine Scotch eggs epitomise good, honest food, so what could be better than making an extra large version using the best of British? As a chef that is passionate about sourcing local fresh foods, it has been enormous fun to re-create this much-loved picnic staple and champion a food that has been part of our history for hundreds of years.”
Waitrose has 191 branches in its estate including stores in Wales and Scotland and has just been named Britain’s Best High Street Retailer at the Which? Awards 2008 and Supermarket of the Year by the RSPCA at its Good Business Awards in 2008. The food shop has won more major wine awards than any other retailer and was named Supermarket of the Year 2007 at the Decanter World Wine Awards.
Waitrose sells over 1,700 organic products, over 60 different types of fish and seafood and more than 100 different cheeses. The food shop also enjoys one of the best reputations for dealing with farmers and suppliers