AN INSPIRATIONAL chef who took the plunge to open a Scottish fish and chip shop in Canada has hooked himself hundreds of fans with his unique recipes.
Fraser Mathieson (47) was born in Kerr Street and grew up in the town before heading off to see the world.
He is now settled in Canada where his Scottish-themed dishes are going down a storm with customers at his fish and chip shop . . . truly the plaice to be!
These include a delicacy which is getting him known across his home town of Welland – Rumblethumps – a mix of mashed potatoes, sauteed onions, cabbage, carrot and cheese.
Fraser (pictured), who attended Townhead Primary and then Lenzie Academy, said: “Leaving school I always wanted to pursue a career as a chef – my first foray being a dishwasher in the Antonine!”
Raised on Parkburn Avenue, Fraser enrolled at Clydebank Technical College and worked at various restaurants around East Dunbartonshire and Glasgow.
At the age of 23 he landed a job in Saudi Arabia, cooking for various VIPs with the Saudi Royal family.
It was there he met his future wife, Edwige, and in 1989 he decided to emigrate to Canada.
He said: “In another year or so I will have lived longer outside of Kirky than in. But I will always have the town in my heart.”
The couple now have two daughters, Ashley and Robyn, and live in Welland, Niagra.
“The town has similarities to Kirkintilloch, believe it or not,” said Fraser, who took over Welland Fish and Chips in February. He sells a little taste of home with a menu which includes freshly-made steak and kidney pie suppers, shepherds pie, black pudding, Scotch broth and leek and potato soup - and, of course, his signature dish Rumblethumps.
Fraser‘s family still live in the Kirkintilloch and Waterside area.
“My routine when I visit is always the same, “ he told the Herald. “Straight from the airport to Ghiloni’s for a black pudding supper and then to the Antonine.
“I love to just walk up and down the town seeing the changes and remembering the great times I had as a kid with my pals – the Campsies and playing football in Woodhead Park.”