Renowned Scottish chef Andrew Fairlie has died following a long illness, his parents have said.
Multi-award winning chef Fairlie was the founder of Scotland’s only two-Michelin star restaurant, Andrew Fairlie at Glenagles, but stepped down from his position at the end of 2018 after receiving terminal diagnosis for a brain tumour.
He was first diagnosed in 2005, but was told in June 2018 that there was nothing more doctors could do for him.
In November he handed the reins of his restaurant over to head chef Stevie McLaughlin and business partner Gregor Mathieson.
Fairlie died this morning, with his wife Kate and family by his side having ‘kept vigil with him for some weeks’.
Fairlie’s father Jim wrote on Twitter that his son’s ‘many achievements and memory will live on’
He said: “It is with enormous sadness and grief that Kay and I announce the death of our beloved son Andrew.”
Kate Fairlie and his daughters, Ilona and Leah, on behalf of the family, said: “We are utterly heartbroken that Andrew has gone but are so thankful we had this extraordinary man in our lives.
“He was a beautifully kind, generous, loving son, father, husband, brother and friend, and enriched the lives of anybody lucky enough to meet him.”
Following the news, Michelin Guide UK Tweeted: “So sad to hear of the passing of Andrew Fairlie. Andrew was one of the UK’s finest chefs and a fantastic ambassador for Scotland. His influence will be widely felt for many years. All our thoughts are with his family, friends and colleagues.”
Scottish minister NicolaSturgeon said: “I’m so sorry to hear that Andrew Fairlie has died. My deepest condolences to his family. Andrew is gone far too soon, but his achievements will always be remembered and his legacy will inspire the next generation of world class chefs. It was a privilege to know him.”
Fairlie came into the spotlight in 1984 when he won the Roux Scholarship and went on to have a hugely successful career since, with stints at Hotel Disneyland in Paris where he set up the hotel’s fine-dining restaurant and the head chef role at what was then Ken McCulloch’s 27-bedroom townhouse hotel One Devonshire Gardens (now part of Hotel du Vin) in Glasgow.
He then went on to open his own restaurant within Gleneagles hotel in 2001 and the eatery was awarded its first Michelin star eight months later.
The restaurant was awarded a fourth AA rosette in 2004, followed by its second Michelin star in 2006, in the same year he was named AA Chef’s Chef of the Year.
Fairlie was named a Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef, one of only seven in the UK, in November 2011.