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The Machrie Hotel appoints new head chef

Iain Nicholson will aim to “create dishes centred almost exclusively around Scottish ingredients, with most of the produce sourced from Islay or Argyll”

The Machrie Hotel has announced the appointment of Iain Nicholson as the new head chef at 18 Restaurant and Bar.

 Nicholson has over 12 years experience in the industry, having previously worked under Albert Roux as a sous chef across his Scottish and London restaurants

He joins from the position of head chef at Vie Montagne in Verbier.

The Machrie Hotel is located on the Isle of Islay, and is owned by Campbell Gray Hotels. 

Nicholson plans to “create dishes centred almost exclusively around Scottish ingredients, with most of the produce sourced from Islay or Argyll”. 

Nicholson said: “The pandemic provided me with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try something new, but I am delighted to be back in the kitchen to start my new journey with The Machrie. Cooking, and the creativity that comes with it, will always be my life’s passion and I have exciting plans in the pipeline. 

“My aim is to put The Machrie on the food map, providing diners with an exclusively Scottish experience as possible. I want guests to be able to close their eyes, taste my food and know exactly where they are, and I look forward to achieving this as The Machrie.”

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