Out and about Friday 21st July

Out and About Friday 21st July

We now have 79 relief chefs out working in Scotland which is up on last years by 10 chefs.

There have been a few new chefs starting with us on relief, if you are interested in doing any relief work please get in touch with a copy of your updated CV and reference details and we will call you to get you registered.

If you are a chef who is known to us and have any availability or if you are relief chef out working and are due to finish then please PM me or call with your finish dates.

We are still meeting chefs at our office in Moffat if you want to make an appointment to discuss any work – just get in touch and we will check our availability.

Carrying on with the other chefs I placed in June

Mark Shaw at Ramnee Hotel

Sean McCurrach at Dryburgh Abbey Hotel

George McCallum at Loch Melfort Hotel

Patrick Johnstone at Carfraemill Hotel

Kathryn Hill at Seaview Hotel

Craig Eggers at Fiddlers Music Bar and Bistro

Craig Brown at The Winnock Hotel

Mick Kitson at The Lodge on the Loch Aboyne

Seabastian Luszczynski at East Haugh House Hotel

Glyn Musker at Western Isles Hotel

Jason Paxton at Loch Insh Watersports Centre

Graham Smith at Scalloway Hotel

Gary Rodgers at Kingsmills Hotel

Alfie Cranwell at Royal Hotel

Stephen Kessell at Eden Court Theatre

Vladimir Sviridenko at Park Hotel

Ben Mailer at Scalloway Hotel

Kirsty Hamilton at Glengarry Castle Hotel

Ben Wright at Tongue Hotel

Ryan Williamson at Crusoe Hotel

Dixon Chireri at Old Manor Hotel

Ally Elder at Duisdale Hotel

Johan Sikkema at Carrbridge Kitchen

Alan Kaye at Glensander

Scott Bolton at Mustard Seed Restaurant

Peter Mallia at Buccleuch & Queensberry Hotel

Tim Morris at Three Lemons

Martin Furlong at The Links Hotel

David Ironside at The Links Hotel

Yousef Shengheer at Victoria’s Restaurant

Craig Brown at Ramnee Hotel

Stuart MacColl at Cross Keys Kelso

Blair Mackay at Mackays Hotel

Ricky Leyland at Stotfield Hotel

Mark Bellingham at Letterfinlay Lodge

John McCormick at Loch Melfort Hotel

Derrick Bartley at Queens Hotel

Daniel Haig at Kings House

Douglas Gillies at Gartmore House

Shaun Murray at Old Mill Inn

Stuart Palmer at Springkell House

Leslie Kehoe at Cressfield Hotel

Alan Anderson at Cawdor Bistro

Gary McGirr at Glengarry Castle Hotel

Jamie Atkinson at Tigh an Eilean Hotel

Stuart Agnew at Victoria Hotel

Kirsty Hamilton at Pierhouse Hotel

Robin McCrindle at The Wheatsheaf Hotel

Craig Eggers at The Rowantree Hotel

David Bedo at Dores Inn

Mick Kitson at Rothesay Rooms

Chris Roberti at Fishers Hotel

Steven Sinclair at Parkdean Holidays

Graham McLeish at Tigh and Eilean Hotel

Thanks to each and every one of you for all of your hard work.

Out and About Thursday 13th July

Relief is still busy and there are jobs still coming in every day.

Michael will be working on Relief tomorrow and Monday as I will be enjoying time off for our local Gala.

Relief chefs I booked out in the beginning of June were

Don Craig at Tigh an Eilean hotel

Dale Paton at Auchen Castle

Stephen kessell at Kingsmills Hotel

Kirsty Hamilton at Link Hotel

Scott Bolton at Four Seasons Hotel in Onich

Graeme Kennedy at Portree Hotel

Joseph MacMillan at The Ceilidh Place

Sarah Pozzi at Dark Island Hotel

John Ferguson at Arisaig Hotel

Thomas Scott at Three Lemons

Sean Abernethy at Links hotel

Alan Kaye at Letterfinlay Lodge Hotel

Michael Njoroge at The Gathering Place Bistro

Michael Njoroge at Royal Golf Hotel Dornoch

Cameron Brown at Cuillin Hills Hotel

Thomas Scott at Glengarry Castle

Dixon Chireri at Wheatsheaf Hotel

Jamie Atkinson at Black Bull Hotel

Thomas Scott at Auchen Castle

Michael Pallister at Sligachan Hotel

Jenny Quashie at Bridge of Cally Hotel

David Bedo at Kingshouse Hotel

Daniel Haig at Western Isles Hotel

Gary Rodgers at Carfraemill Hotel

Peter Norrie at Bridge of Cally Hotel

Leslie Kehoe at Kames Hotel

Allessandro Carvevali at Dunavon Hotel

Gordon Campbell at Cross Keys Hotel in Kelso

Szabby Verten at Scalloway Hotel

Paul Sellers at Moffat House Hotel

Ally Elder at Onich Hotel

Glen Richards at Meadow Park Restaurant

Gareth Connolly at Craigmonie Hotel

Mick Kitson at Learney Arms

Colin Thomson at Cross Keys Hotel in Kelso

Marthius Mwina at Glen Nevis Restaurant

Thanks to everyone for all their hard work and support you really are a great bunch 😊

Tapas in Spain

That’s me just home from a long weekend in Estepona where I lived for ten years. I was visiting friends and family and I must say it felt great to be there in the easy going way of life and very Spanish culture. On Saturday, we went out for lunch and I had traditional Spanish croquetas which are made from a thick white sauce with different fillings, the ones we had were beef cheek and the others ham and cheese. We also had lots of nice cheeses, hams, padron peppers and of course a bottle of white rioja to wash it all down. That evening we went to the feria which is the Spanish fair which is held in the evenings for a week once a year. Most of the town closes during this time and it is when people take a lot of their holidays. As it is so hot we did not go out till around 9pm and the atmosphere was buzzing. Lots of little bars and stalls selling different tapas. Some of the tents are private and people pay into them all year round such as the council companies like water and electricity, however most of them allow entry for all. We found one at the back which was showcasing the polo ponies and they had great (very large) gins and a BBQ going with pinchitos (chicken skewers) and morcilla (a spanish black pudding) and it was so cheap. A great night out made even more eventful by the botellon going on in the car park at 1am when we were leaving. This is basically where people get together and have a drink and socialise in public areas. No hassle at all just lots of people about.

On Sunday we frequented my favourite fish restaurant situated right on the beach. We have been going there for the last 15 years and it is a family run restaurant which has its own fishing boat. We had a variety of dishes including gallo which is john dory and it is lightly battered and so tender and light, calamari a la plancha which is a whole squid on the grill with garlic and parsley as well as clams, and traditional calamari also. After this we headed to the ice-cream parlour for lovely ice-cream and headed home to relax by the pool.

The other days I mostly had BBQ food as it was 30 degrees and too hot to eat anything else.

It was a lovely break but now it’s time to get back to chef recruitment. Still a lot of head chef vacancies being registered daily. Please email your CV to if you are looking for a new role.


Out and about 7th July 2017

This week we have 79 relief chefs out working in Scotland.

Relief has been a bit of a struggle this week but we have still managed to get 20 chefs out with a day to go and I would hope to get at least another 5 out today.

There is plenty of jobs still needing filled and they are all over Scotland (Skye, Inverness-shire, Perthshire, Edinburgh, Lochaber, Argyll and Ross-shire)

Rates of pay £12.50 - £17 per hour – for a minimum of 8 hours per day – accommodation provided at no charge – return travelling expenses paid subject to completing the agreed work stint.

Out recently and now

Pawel Halicki has just finished at The Summer Isles Hotel.

Bruce Robertson is back on the relief circuit and is up in Ullapool at The Arch Inn (Welcome back Bruce)

Mick Kitson was in Ballater at The Rothesay Rooms Restaurant.

Chris Roberti has now finished at Cross Keys in Kelso as relief head chef.

New relief chef Steven Sinclair is at The Parkdean Holiday resort in Dornoch.

Chris Daily is in Fort William at The Geographer.

Leslie Kehoe was back working at The Cressfield Hotel.

Pawel Cimek is at The Old Mill Inn in Pitlochry.

Yousef Shengheer is at Victoria’s Restaurant in Pitlochry.

Kirsty Hamilton was at Glengarry Castle and is now at The Pierhouse in Port Appin.

Sarah Pozzi is still in Uist at The Dark Island Hotel.

Douglas Gillies is at Gartmore House in Stirlingshire.

Tim Morris has been extended at The Three Lemons.

Szabby Verten is still at The Scalloway Hotel in Shetland.

Thanks Girls and Guys for all of your hard work and support.

  Out and about Friday 30th June

We have 74 relief chefs out working, this is up by 14 on last year.

Relief has been very busy as you would expect for the time of year.

We are keen for all relief chefs out working to update us with finish dates and any availability you may have.

We are also still happy to meet chefs at our office in Moffat and we are available most days either at 11am or 2pm just get in touch to check our availability.

Plenty adverts coming in if you are interested in any of the positions on our website please either apply direct to the establishment or email recruitment with the job reference number. You can also register for CIS for chefs please follow the link

We can also help with updating / writing CV’s.

Out and about

Stuart Palmer finished his 9th week at SU Scotland near Kinross.

Daniel Haig is currently over in Mull at the Western Isles Hotel.

Lillian Clarkson is at Laroch Restaurant in Ballachulish.

Sara-Jayne Moffat is coming to the end of her 4 week stint at The Pier House in Port Appin.

David Ironside is at the Links Hotel.

Paul Sellers is at Moffat House.

Don Craig is at Tigh an Eilean Hotel in Shieldaig.

Kai Stutzkeitz and Lauren McConnell are both at Caladh Inn in Stornoway.

Ally Elder has just completed Onich Hotel.

Fraser Dingwall is at The Lerwick Hotel.

Sean Abernethy is at The Links Hotel.

Alan Kaye is at Glensander over by Oban.

Gareth Connelly is at Craigmonie Hotel.

Marthius Mwina is staying for the season at Glen Nevis Restaurant.

This is just to name a few.

Thanks for everyone’s continued support and hardwork.