An Aberdeenshire hotel has appointed a new head chef as it prepares for a major renovation.
Graham Mitchell, who has worked at venues including Aberdeen’s Moonfish Cafe, The Chester Hotel and Trump International, has joined the Newmachar Hotel to prepare for a transformation of the bar and restaurant.
Linda and Grant Wright, who have owned the hotel for more than 28 years, will renovate the eating areas with the introduction of its new restaurant The Scullery. It will fuse city style and quality with countryside service, comfort and reliability.
Graham is one of nine members of the Scottish Culinary team and will be taking part in the Culinary Olympics in February in Stuttgart, Germany, where 32 national teams will compete to win the coveted Olympic Champion title.
He said: “As soon as I met Grant and Linda, I knew their ambition and vision matched my own. The plans they have are really exciting and I am looking forward to producing a brand new menu which will add a modern, clean twist to traditional Scottish country pub food.”
The hotel recently won a host of awards at the North East of Scotland Hospitality Training Awards, including Graham being named best Scotch Beef Chef of the Year, runner-up Seafood Chef of the Year and the hotel was named winner for Bar Food Restaurant and Best Afternoon Tea Venue.
Linda Wright added: “We are very excited that Graham has joined the team, as we have watched his success for many years. The Scullery will bring top quality food, and superior style to our welcoming country hotel.
“Grant and I grew up on farms where the scullery was the place to be, and we want to replicate that feeling in the hotel. The Scullery will be for everyone, families, young and old, couples and friends just looking for a blether. We are teaming up with award-winning architects to bring the ultimate in modern style, whilst retaining our warm ambience, with sociable booths for larger and smaller parties.”
The Scullery is expected to be open later in 2019, but Graham has already made changes to the Newmachar Hotel menu, adding his own style to the hotel’s popular dishes.
For more information visit www.newmachar.co.uk.