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It’s ‘game on’ at the award-winning Colstoun Cookery School

Politicians Iain Gray MSP and Fiona O’Donnell MP will prove they are “game” to learn a new skill on Friday (4 April) when they take part in a cookery course at the Scottish Countryside Alliance Award-winning Colstoun Cookery School in Haddington, East Lothian.

Colstoun are the Scottish champions in the start-up category of the 2013 Awards and will travel to Westminster on 30 April to take part in the national finals.

In celebration they have invited Mr Gray, Ms O’Donnell, John Macmillan of East Lothian Council, Jamie Stewart and Charlie Shentall of the Scottish Countryside Alliance and Sarah Ingham, head-teacher of local school the Knox Academy, to get hands-on in the kitchen. 

The guests will learn how to cook a warm pigeon salad and bone and stuff a partridge.

Colstoun joint owner Cameron Sinclair-Parry said: “We are really pleased to have won the Scottish Countryside Alliance Award and wanted to invite our MSP and MP so they can find out what we do and why we won.

“Game is an amazing food resource. It’s readily available, it’s cheap, healthy and sustainable, but many people shy away from cooking it – we want to change that.”

The Countryside Alliance Awards, also known as the Rural Oscars, are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses.

Colstoun and the other lucky winners, who triumphed in a fiercely competitive Scottish final, now go on to represent Scotland at the UK finals at the House of Lords on 30 April. For more information go to

The Countryside Alliance also promotes the cooking of game through our Game-to-Eat campaign – see

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