Chef Andrew Fairlie, Renowned Scottish Chef, Dies Aged 55

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

In November 2018, Chef Andrew Fairlie announced that he would be stepping back from his kitchen at the Gleneagles restaurant, as he was suffering from a brain tumour that was deemed terminal.  Yesterday, January 21st, his father announced the death of Fairlie, and stated that he has been surrounded by family through the last few weeks, and that he passed away peacefully.

Starting his chef career at just 15 years old and being the first to achieve the Roux Scholarship in 1984, it was clear that this chef would be one of the greats.  His culinary life led him all around the world, including Paris’ Hotel Crillion and as part of the Orient Express, was also on the Royal Scotsman train.

In the 1990s, he won a Michelin star at Glasgow’s One Devonshire Gardens, before leaving in 2001 to start what would eventually be Scotland’s only two-starred restaurant.  And to no surprise, that is the Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles.

It is safe to say that his passing will be mourned by many, far and wide, and that his memory and achievements will live on.

Our hearts go out to his family, friends and the Gleneagles family.