A CAMPERVAN conversion company is undergoing a food tour with a difference and getting some of Scotland’s finest chefs to cook in the back of one of its vehicles.

Jerba Campervans, based at Halfland Barns, near North Berwick, is embarking on a gastrotour and visiting the chefs near their acclaimed restaurants.

They then ask them to leave their professional kitchen and create simple, tasty and inspiring dishes only using a hob or hot plate built into the back of one of Jerba’s campervans.

They have so far visited Dean Gassabi from Maison Bleue on Edinburgh’s Victoria Street, and Mark Greenaway from Grazing in the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh on Princes Street.

Both men cooked their dishes in the campervan, which was parked outside their respective restaurants.

Jerba is now asking other chefs to showcase their skills and show what can be done.

Simon Poole, Jerba’s founder and director, said: “Our gastrotour is an idea that has evolved over time but we’re incredibly proud to see come to fruition.

“Our owners surprise us with some frankly incredible concoctions in their vans – and frequently share the images with us and the wider community.

“We’re also big foodies here at Jerba and fortunate enough to be located in a part of the world blessed with amazing produce and seriously talented chefs.

“The logical next step was to try to get some of the country’s best talents involved. Showcasing their skills, we hope the chefs will inspire both our foodie owners and the wider public on the endless culinary opportunities that come with cooking in a campervan.

“We weren’t sure how the chefs would respond to being taken out of the comfort and familiarity of their professional kitchens, but it’s proven to be a brilliant concept – and the end product is testament to the chefs’ talents.”

Simon and his wife Cath founded Jerba in 2006 after a decade of owning and hiring campervans and deciding they could improve the design themselves.

They now have 15 staff and are recognised by Volkswagen as a registered vehicle body builder for their Transporter T6 model. Volkswagen supplies Jerba with a skeleton of the van and they transform it into a home on wheels.

Simon and Cath made the decision last year to become a 100 per cent employee-owned company.