A BORDERS man who is now considered one of the most eminent chefs in North East Scotland, is set to open his first restaurant, Amuse, in the heart of Aberdeen.
And he attributes his success to his education at Borders College.
Kevin Dalgleish, originally from Hawick and now living in Aberdeen with his family, began his career in hospitality on the College’s Hawick campus in the late 80s, where he studied catering part-time, before becoming a classically trained chef. , working with the likes of the legendary Anton Edelman at the Savoy in London.
Back in Scotland, he spent 10 years as a chef at the exclusive Ackergill Tower, where he launched The Food of Love weekend.
These events have seen him joined by some of the country’s biggest culinary stars, such as Angela Hartnett and Anton Mosimann, to co-host private dining weekends.
In 2012 Kevin joined the Chester Hotel in Aberdeen as Executive Chef where the concept evolved into the Signature Food Festival and became an annual event at the hotel.
Commenting on his time at the College and how it has benefited his career, Kevin said, “Studying at Borders College gave me a great foundation for my career as a chef. The speakers at the time were great and gave me the start I needed which helped me build my confidence to progress further.
“The industry is constantly changing and I believe there has never been a better time to get into hospitality, with plenty of opportunities for young people. Many of the best chefs I’ve worked with now take on new apprentices every year. My advice to budding chefs would be to find a good kitchen and an employer who takes care of the staff.
Kevin’s new restaurant promises to offer a refined yet relaxed dining experience, with a menu featuring seafood from the Scottish coast and a selection of dishes sourced from regional suppliers.
The bar menu will include a selection of seasonal cocktails and champagne.
Speaking about his new venture, Kevin added: “This is a huge opportunity to breathe new life into the hospitality industry in the North East. After years of running some of the best kitchens in town and cooking alongside top chefs in the UK, now is the perfect time for me to take the leap and open my own restaurant.
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