Andrew Fairlie (chef)

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Chef Andrew Fairlie and his brigade at work

Andrew Fairlie is a Scottish chef. He is patron of the eponymous Restaurant Andrew Fairlie,[1] an independent business within the Gleneagles Hotel and Resort,[2] in Auchterarder, Perthshire. Restaurant Andrew Fairlie is the only two Michelin star[3][4][5] restaurant in Scotland and one of only 15 in the UK.


He was born in Perth. At fifteen he began his training in Perth under Chef Keith Podmore. At twenty he was awarded the first Roux Scholarship,[6] giving him the chance to train with French chef Michel Guerard at Les Pres d’Eugenie in Les Landes. This, and Fairlie’s time at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, profoundly influenced his culinary approach. After returning to the UK, he held a number of high-profile positions before returning home to Scotland.

Highlights and awards[edit]

In 2002, Hotels Magazine voted Restaurant Andrew Fairlie one of the world's top ten hotel restaurants[7] In the same year he became the inaugural Scottish Chef of the Year.[8] During the G8 Summit 2005 he cooked for the Queen and 44 of the world’s leaders. In 2006, he was AA Chef’s Chef of the Year.[9] He was named a Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef du Monde in 2011, one of just seven in the UK. In 2012 Restaurant Andrew Fairlie topped the Sunday Times Food List of the top 100 UK restaurants.


During the Scottish independence referendum in 2014, Fairlie declared his support for Scottish independence. He was a member of the Yes Scotland's campaign advisory board.[10]