At Albert Bartlett, we were privileged to have Andrew Fairlie as one of our ambassadors for many years. He was one of the most renowned chefs in the world, and, despite being in demand, he helped us to promote healthy eating as well as providing us with a large number of delicious recipes.
Andrew began his career at the tender age of fifteen by training in his hometown of Perth, where he was an apprentice for four years. It was obvious he was talented from a young age when, at twenty, Andrew became the first recipient of the prestigious Roux Scholarship.
Andrew’s career boasted some of the best restaurants around the world including the Hotel de Crillon in Paris and the luxurious 5-star Royal Scotsman. When he returned to Scotland in 1995, he took up the role of executive chef at Glasgow’s One Devonshire Gardens, where he received not only acceptance into the esteemed Academie Culinaire de France; but also his first Michelin star which he held till his departure in 2001.
Subsequently, Andrew ran the exclusive restaurant within the legendary Gleneagles Hotel and Resort. Within its first year the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, a stream of awards followed and it became the only British restaurant to be included in the US publication “Hotels” as one of the top ten hotel restaurants in the world. His own Restaurant Andrew Fairlie became the only restaurant in Scotland to have two Michelin Stars. In 2011 Andrew was given the title of Grande Chef du Monde by Relais & Chateaux.
We were so sorry to hear of his passing in January. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with his family. Andrew was a wonderful ambassador and friend to our business. It has been a privilege to work closely with him over the past 20 years.