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Michelin Man: culinary geographical names - a potted history

Arbroath Smokies, Aberdeen Angus, Cumberland sausage - there's a rich history of naming foods after cities, towns and countries.

It got me thinking about how many foods are derived from place names in the UK and how we've all come to depend on it when picking particular foods for their exceptional and reliable quality.

Geographical names have been attached on to food since historical times to identify products. In my experience, I would never ask for a Smokie or a hot pot - I would also say the place name beforehand, as that is how we identify classical dishes like these.   

Many foods take their names from locations they originated in, popularised around, or are inspired by. I've picked a few of my favourites to tell you about:

The Arbroath Smokie

The Arbroath Smokie is a type of smoked haddock, a speciality of the town in Arbroath.

Stornoway black pudding

Stornoway black pudding is one of my favourite types of black pudding. It comes from the Isle of Lewis and is a world-renowned Scottish delicacy.

Lancashire Hot Pot

The Lancashire Hot Pot is one of the most famous dishes to come out of north west England and is still to this day one of the best stews in the world.

Cullen skink

Authentically Scottish, this soup is a local speciality, from the town of Cullen.

Aberdeen Angus

The breed originated from three farms in the Scottish counties of Aberdeenshire and Angus (hence the name), but it soon spread over the world and now it's the biggest brand of beef out there.

Cumberland sausage

This is a national favourite from Cumbria. It's traditionally sold in a coil of Cumberland sausage.

Jersey Royal potatoes

There's no mistaking the taste of Jersey Royal new potatoes. To this day, only those grown on the island of Jersey can be referred to as Jersey Royals.

Dundee Cake

A traditional Dundee cake comes from, no surprise here, Dundee in Scotland. It is imilar to Stornoway black pudding in the fact that it is another fine Scottish delicacy.

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