Two Peebles restaurants win Michelin Bib Gourmand
PEEBLES has been put on the quality cuisine map after two restaurants in the town won Michelin Bib Gourmand awards.
Osso and Kalzie Gardens both scooped prizes this week - two of only seven establishments in Scotland.
Although both venues are delighted with the success, they admit it's a stressful job staying out in front.
Ally McGrath, the chef and joint owner of Osso, spoke to the Peeblesshire News.
He said: "It's really wonderful to be taking the award once again - it's a great feeling.
"Before it's announced the fear kicks in because once you've got the status you don't want to lose it.
"It's brilliant, though - the team have done really well."
And he told the Peeblesshire News how he's pleased that competitor Kalzie Gardens also won the award.
He continued: "Along with Ruth at Cocoa Black getting through to the chocolatier final, it just makes the town a great little hub for food.
"It's putting Peebles on the map for quality cuisine."
And head chef Ally told us how it's a lot of hard work to maintain the quality of service required to win the award.
He said: "It's all about standards and having good food at excellent value - that's what we're trying to do.
"We just have to keep these levels up, make sure people have an off-day, things like that.
"You're reviewed all year round for the gourmand bib, so as long as we can keep doing what we're doing and even improve, we'll stand a chance."
Ally added: "I really want to say a big thank you to the staff - they've been great.
"And as well as that, to all the customers who have been coming from all around the Borders to eat at Osso."
This article appeared in Peeblesshire News 12 Oct 12
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