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Germans examine 'exotic' haggis

German film crew
Alan Elliot revealed the secrets of top quality haggis making

A German film crew has been in Scotland to learn the secrets of haggis-making from a Northern Irish butcher.

Alan Elliot, 23, who now works in Dalbeattie, in Dumfries and Galloway, was crowned champion producer of the delicacy last year.

He only started making the traditional Scots dish when he took over his shop in south west Scotland four years ago.

Now his work will feature on German channel Pro7 in a series dedicated to the "most exotic foods worldwide".

Mr Elliot moved to Dalbeattie from Cookstown in County Tyrone.

Since then he has been perfecting the recipe which helped him become Scotland's youngest ever haggis champion at the Scottish Meat Trade Fair in 2007.

We have watched Alan going through all the stages of making the haggis
Katja Holtkotter
Programme director

A film crew travelled from Munich to watch him make the famous dish.

"They had heard about my haggis when I did an interview and they followed it up," he said.

"I suppose it is unusual for someone from Ireland to be making haggis.

"But I really enjoy it and we make different kinds of the produce now."

The haggis-making will feature on the programme Galileo.

"We thought this was unique and we have watched Alan going through all the stages of making the haggis," explained programme director Katja Holtkotter.

"The programme will be on air in May and will feature the most exotic foods worldwide."


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