Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the UK's largest privately owned hotel group, has picked up five prestigious industry accolades at the Scottish Hotel Awards 2012.
The Scottish Hotel Awards, now in its ninth year, is designed to
recognise and reward the highest standards, individually and
corporately, and to celebrate the excellence and achievement of hotels in Scotland.
was presented with the Group Breakfast of the Year Award, and the head
chef from the four-star Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa, North Berwick,
was honoured along with three members of the team from Macdonald
Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa, for their individual efforts.
Executive chef John Paul McLachlan from the four-star Macdonald Marine
Hotel & Spa, North Berwick, beat off stiff competition from
restaurants across Scotland to be crowned Scottish Hotel Chef of the
Year for his signature restaurant, John Paul at the Marine. General
Manager Morag Stark from the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa
won the Hotel Manager Gold Medal, while her colleague, executive chef
Ivor Clark, won the Hotel Chef Medaille a'Argent award and Gina Clark
won Events Manager of the Year.
John Paul at the Marine opened in June 2011, specialising in the finest
organic seasonal dishes. With two prestigious AA Rosettes, executive
chef John Paul, who has worked under culinary greats such as Raymond
Blanc and Gordon Ramsay, served up a host of innovative signature dishes
with a modern take on traditional fare. Brasserie-style prices coupled
with Scottish-influenced dishes, served against the spectacular backdrop
of the Firth of Forth, raise the restaurant bar in East Lothian.
Morag, who has been with Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa in
Peebles for seven years, is celebrating her second consecutive
management gold medal from the awards. With almost 17 years' experience
in the hotel industry, sales manager Gina Clark has built an impressive
career within Macdonald Hotels, starting as a trainee receptionist and
progressing from this position. She won the award for Events Manager of
Year for increasing the number of weddings at the hotel in Peebles
by 57 per cent year on year. Chef Ivor Clark has extensive experience
from kitchens across the UK and abroad and climbed the industry ladder
from commis chef to head chef at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf &
Spa in his home town.
Ruaridh Macdonald, Sales and Marketing Director at Macdonald Hotels
& Resorts, said: "We are all extremely proud of these achievements
as they reflect the hard work and dedication from not only those
individuals, but across all of our 14 hotels in Scotland."