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Walkers Shortbread Partners With Former Chef to British Royalty Darren McGrady for Mouthwatering Holiday Recipe Range


Renowned Tastemaker Creating Royally-Inspired Recipes For the Holidays and Beyond

HAUPPAUGE, NY (November 29, 2016)Walkers Shortbread, makers of the world’s finest shortbread since 1898, has teamed up with Chef Darren McGrady, former chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana Princess of Wales and Princes William and Harry, to create a series of recipes that bring the unmatched taste of pure-butter shortbread to family tables this holiday season and into the New Year.

Chef McGrady’s originals for Walkers are ideal for entertaining, bringing pure shortbread goodness to an entire festive meal, from mouthwatering canapes, to savory entrees and decadent desserts, including:

  • Walkers Holiday Baked Ham: This shortbread-crusted roast marries sweet and spice with jalapeno peach jam and Dijon mustard, making it a simple but impressive entree to prepare for guests.
  • Walkers Mint Chocolate Crunch Cheesecake: Inspired by the favorite flavors of Queen Elizabeth II, this cheesecake offers a vibrant green color, topped with glistening red pomegranate and Walkers festive stars, making it a must-have dessert at any holiday party.

“I’ve long admired Walkers commitment to the utmost quality, and its respect for tradition and four pure, versatile ingredients—butter, flour, sugar and salt–for well over 100 years,” said Chef McGrady. “Ours is a dream of a partnership, where I get to explore cuisine with a worldwide fan favorite, and bring it to holiday entertainers in an entirely new light.”

“We are honored to be working with Chef McGrady to create new ways to experience the world’s finest shortbread, and delight friends and family right in the comfort of their own homes,” said Jim Walker, joint managing director of Walkers Shortbread, Inc. “His lineage and experience give him an unparalleled appreciation for our Scottish heritage, and makes him the perfect partner for us. We can’t wait to taste what Chef McGrady stirs up.”

Now living in Dallas, Chef McGrady today is dedicated to bringing the best in British cuisine to American palates through cooking, writing and consulting. His recipes will live on the Walkers Shortbread Blog, be utilized for Walkers social media and newsletter content and served at Walkers events. For more information on Walkers Shortbread and the partnership with Darren McGrady, The Royal Chef, please visit

About Walkers Shortbread

Walkers Shortbread was founded in 1898 and is still a family owned and managed company. We proudly bake The World’s Finest Shortbread in our home village of Aberlour in the Scottish Highlands. Walkers is now sold in over 80 countries and is the leading brand of food exported from Scotland. Walkers Highlanders were recently awarded the highest possible accolade of Three Gold Stars at the International Taste and Quality Institute’s Superior Taste Awards. Our shortbread, cookies and oatcakes contain no artificial flavorings, colorings or additives, and are certified Kosher OUD. Walkers does not support the use of GM ingredients. 


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