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Andrew Fairlie

1963 - 2019

Chef and restaurateur. Born in Perth, the second of five children of a shop-worker and a teacher, Fairlie was raised in Letham, a public-housing estate in the west of the city. He was educated at Perth Academy but got his first job, aged 14, polishing glasses at the nearby Station Hotel. Having been taught to cook by his father, he started a cookery apprenticeship and, moved to London to work at the private members' club Bootles. In 1984, he won a Roux scholarship to study under Michel Guerard in France. As part of this training, he worked in restaurants across the world but soon returned to Scotland.

As Executive Chef at One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow, Fairlie was awarded a first Michelin star in 1996. He opened his own 'Restaurant Andrew Fairlie' within the Gleneagles Hotel in 2001. Five years later, this became one of only eleven restaurants in the UK to be awarded two Michelin stars, and was voted one of the world's top ten 'Greatest Hotel Restaurants' by US Hotel magazine. In the same year, Fairlie was voted AA Chef's Chef of the Year. He served as Head Scholar and a judge for the Roux Scholarship scheme. Andrew cooked for HM Queen Elizabeth and other world leaders at the G8 Summit of 2005 and the stars of golf at the Ryder Cup of 2014.

He died in Perth, having suffered from an incurable brain tumour.

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