Macdonald Rusacks Hotel in St Andrew has announced Tony Borthwick as its new executive head chef.
Borthwick has been brought on board to head up the hotel’s 3 AA Rosette restaurant Rocca, the One Under restaurant and Champagne bar.
The 70-bed hotel, which is just a short distance away from the 18th hole of the famous Old Course, has also recently secured planning permission for a £7m extension that will include 44 new suites, a rooftop restaurant, plus a bar and terrace.
New executive head chef Borthwick describes his cooking style as classical and simple and will now work with the team at the hotel to develop new menus.
As well as his Michelin star gained in 2001 at his own restaurant, The Plumed Horse in Crossmichael, Borthwick won the 2005 Scottish Chef of the Year and Good Food Guide’s 2002 Scottish Newcomer of the Year.
Borthwick, who is self-taught, opened The Plumed Horse after many years working his way up the restaurant ladder in London and Glasgow.
He said: “Macdonald Rusacks Hotel is one of the most iconic in the world and it is a true honour to be appointed as executive chef. This role was just too good an opportunity to miss and the future plans for the property are fantastic.”
Kristian Campbell, general manager at Macdonald Rusacks Hotel said: “Tony Borthwick is an outstanding chef and we are very excited to have him join our team here at Macdonald Rusacks. We are really looking forward to welcoming our regular guests as well as new ones to experience his fantastic dishes. Tony will be working closely with the teams here and our suppliers to develop new menus and fresh ideas for our restaurants and bar.”
Macdonald Hotels Ltd celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and operates over 45 hotels across the UK and ten resorts in the UK, Spain and Portugal.