30 June 2019
THE BALMORAL APPOINTS GARY ROBINSON AS EXECUTIVE CHEF
Edinburgh’s iconic hotel heralds a new culinary era as internationally trained chef returns to Scotland.
The Balmoral, a Rocco Forte hotel in Edinburgh, is pleased to announce Gary Robinson as their new Executive Chef. Having travelled the world - gaining over 25 years of global culinary experience, including holding the honourable position of Head Chef to HRH the Prince of Wales - Scottish-born Gary is finally coming home.
From learning to pick mushrooms with forager Dru McPherson on the grounds of Balmoral Castle to pulling noodles in Hong Kong’s most historic harbour, Gary strongly believes in creating dishes that are as meaningful, sustainable and authentic as possible. Showcasing excellence within hotels, restaurants, private households and clubs, he is a strong advocate for classical cooking techniques that retain the natural goodness of homegrown ingredients, making him the perfect fit for the Scottish culinary landmark that is The Balmoral. He has gained further knowledge in the classical style from working alongside Michelin star chefs Alain Passard, Jacques Chibois and Roger Verge.
Previously Gary held the role of Executive Chef at the British Embassy in Washington D.C, a position which saw him cook for numerous presidents, and also spent five years overseeing the entire Condé Nast International Restaurants portfolio. Before joining The Balmoral he launched the culinary programme for The Conduit Private Members Club in London, as well as holding Executive Chef positions at Kowloon Shangri-La and the exclusive Aberdeen Marina Club in Hong Kong.
Commenting on his vision for The Balmoral, Gary says ‘Coming home to Scotland opens the door to an abundance of produce thanks to our natural larder as well as artisanal suppliers and small producers that we can champion in the hotel. No other country has shellfish like we do, the game or hedgerow produce. Sustainability is at the core of everything I do and I look forward to working with my talented team and experts in Scotland to do the ingredients justice on the plate.”
For more information or to book a table visit: www.roccofortehotels.com/hotels-and-resorts/the-balmoral-hotel/restaurants-and-bars
Lauren Robertson / Jessica Kiddle
T: +44 (0) 131 622 8842 / + 44 (0) 131 622 8826
Many hotels claim to have landmarks on their doorstep, few can say their doorstep is a landmark. The Balmoral is a grand railway hotel located at Edinburgh's most prestigious address, No 1 Princes Street. The Balmoral offers 188 opulent suites and contemporary rooms. Excellent cuisine is guaranteed in the Michelin-starred Number One restaurant or Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux. Afternoon Tea is served in Palm Court and the hotel boasts a collection of over 500 single malt whiskies at SCOTCH. www.roccofortehotels.com/the-balmoral-hotel
Rocco Forte Hotels
Established by Sir Rocco Forte and sister, Olga Polizzi in 1996, Rocco Forte Hotels is a collection of 11 individual hotels and resorts. All of the hotels are landmarks, both old and new, occupying magnificent buildings in exceptional locations. Led by a family who has been in hospitality for four generations, the hotels are united by their distinctive approach to service ensuring guests experience the best of the cities and surrounding areas.
Rocco Forte Hotels comprises: Hotel de Russie, Rome; Hotel Savoy, Florence; Verdura Resort, Sicily; The Balmoral, Edinburgh; Brown’s Hotel, London; The Charles Hotel, Munich; Villa Kennedy, Frankfurt; Hotel de Rome, Berlin; Hotel Amigo, Brussels; Hotel Astoria, St Petersburg; Assila Hotel, Jeddah. Future openings: Rome in 2019, Shanghai in 2019.