Steve Mitchell of Buffalo Farm has been given the green light to start producing Scotland’s first Buffalo Mozzarella cheese from his farm in the Kingdom of Fife.
The move fulfills a dream Mitchell has had since starting the business in 2005 with his small herd of water buffalo selling buffalo meat and burgers at farmers’ markets.
His dream was further fueled by a visit from Gordon Ramsay several years ago, where together they prepared a trial batch of buffalo mozzarella. At this point, Ramsay said he wanted to invest if he wanted to produce Buffalo mozzarella.
After enduring a period of roller coaster that peaked with nationwide TV coverage, Mitchell thought his dream was over when a major investor pulled out at the last minute – leaving him no choice but to sell a large part of his herd.
Not the type to give up without a fight, Mitchell decided to launch his ambitious crowdfunding campaign just under two years ago. .
Mitchell was able to build his bespoke milking parlor and mozzarella production facility just outside Kirkcaldy in Fife, where production is currently underway.
Mitchell has assembled what he describes as a world-class team to produce world-class Scottish Buffalo Mozzarella, strengthening his farming team, bringing expert cheese-making skills and strengthening his business operations.
Mitchell explained, “We are now entering the most exciting and terrifying part of the project. Now we need to live up to our goals and expectations and find out if the market appreciates our Scottish Buffalo Mozzarella as much as we do. “
I had the chance to visit some of Italy’s most respected buffalo farms, tasting their wonderful produce, and we wanted to create a product that puts Scotland on the map and could be considered world class.
He continued, “Provenance is so important in food and never more so than in Buffalo Mozzarella. Our cheese is produced in a matter of hours, from milking to finished Mozzarella balls. As a result you can really smell and taste the freshness compared to that of a foreign producer who had to travel for days – I am absolutely delighted with the quality we got.
Buffalo Farm has already received notes of interest from a number of retailers, restaurants and wholesalers eager to take this exciting new product. Steve works with his team to support continued product growth without compromising quality.
Mitchell commented, “I’d much rather produce small batches of world-class cheese than compromise what we have. We had the opportunity to create something quite special and the team are determined to make Scotland a force to be reckoned with in the global buffalo mozzarella market.
Lucy Husband, Director of Market Development and Business Engagement at Scotland Food & Drink, said: “The ambition and motivation of Steve and the team at The Buffalo Farm to produce the first buffalo mozzarella in Scotland were nothing short of inspiring.
“As a member of Scotland Food & Drink since 2015, it’s amazing to watch them grow and to see that sustainability has been at the heart of creating this product.
“This is another great example of the diversity of the Scottish pantry, which is only made possible by producers like The Buffalo Farm.”
Celebrity Chef Nick Nairn, a longtime Buffalo Farm supporter and one of the first people to suggest Steve start producing Buffalo Farm, commented, “It’s been a long wait but it was worth it. !
To find out more visit www.thebuffalofarm.co.uk