A COUNTRYSIDE education charity has appointed its first ever Ambassador as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.
The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) welcomes successful Edinburgh businesswoman, restauranteur and food writer, Carina Contini on board.
RHET say Carina is passionate about using local produce in her establishments and acknowledging the importance of understanding where food comes from.
Carina, and her husband Victor, run one of the few remaining independent family businesses that have benefited from a century of experience running successful food destinations and restaurants in Scotland.
These include the award-winning Contini George Street, Cannonball Restaurant & Bar on Castlehill and the Scottish Cafe & Restaurant at the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh.
Commenting on her new ambassadorial role with RHET, Carina Contini said: “It’s a great honour to have been selected as RHET’s first official Ambassador.
“I think it’s more important than ever that our young people understand more about where their food comes from, so I’m a big supporter of RHET’s mission to bring farming, the working countryside and its practices to life for young people.
Katrina Barclay, RHET’s Executive Officer, explained why the restaurateur is a good fit for the role.
She said: “Carina is perfect for RHET and the extensive work the charity undertakes on food and farming education.
“We are delighted Carina will be working with us.”
Carina is a leading voice in the Scottish food and restaurant space. She is a supporter of the Slow Food movement and has regular food columns in the Scotsman, Herald, Scots Magazine and Daily Record.
Earlier this year, Carina was also selected to represent Scotland at the Great British Family Business conference in London, where she championed independent, family-run restaurants in front of an UK-wide audience of over 200 industry professionals.