Meldrum House country hotel in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, has appointed Alan Clarke as new executive chef as it looks to build on one of its ‘busiest periods in history’.
Clarke was previously head chef at Maryculter House since March 2019 until last month and prior to that was at Ardoe House Hotel and Spa for almost three years.
He also won Chef’s UK Accor Challenge Award for Britain when he was just 21, and went on to work under Shirley Spear, the previous owner of The Three Chimneys in Skye.
Clarke explained: “The executive chef role at Meldrum House is a job I’ve always aspired to. I look forward to building on the hotel’s reputation and putting my own flair on the menus with my take on Scottish produce with a French twist.”
Meldrum House has invested in its F&B since reopening last year with the introduction of four dining domes, which sell out months in advance.
The new launch also won Boutique Hotelier’s Best Recovery Initiative at the 2020 Champions Awards.
General manager Jordan Charles commented: “We’re delighted that Alan has joined our talented team, working on our established gate-to-plate dining experience. The last few months since re-opening from lockdown has seen one of the busiest periods in the hotel’s history and we want to continue to build on that. Alan is a highly regarded and innovative chef which makes for an exciting chapter ahead for the hotel.”