Out and About 11th December 2020

We still have 5 chefs out working on relief.

This includes Dave Mcconnachie at Seafield Arms in Cullen, George McCallum at Clachan Grill in Ballater, Robert Mckillop at Deans of Huntly, Leon Edgson at Ness Walk in Inverness and Gordon Smillie at Shieldaig Lodge in Ross-Shire.

We have been selling lots of beer from the shop in Moffat, and Michael delivering locally also.

We still have copies of Chopped Parsely if anyone would like a copy sent to them its £7.00 inc PP to anywhere in the UK.

We are hoping for a few relief jobs to come in next week for over Christmas and New Year 🤞

Thanks to you all for your continued support we really do appreciate it :)

Take care and stay safe :) x

Out and About Friday 20th November

There are currently 6 relief chefs out working.

We have had 2 relief jobs confirmed this week and an advert place and more enquires for placing adverts next week.

We have had good sales for beer from the shop / office.

Office hours next week will be 9.30am to 4.30pm – selling beer from 11am.

Chefs out working are

Mark Shaw at Crofthead Care Home

Dave Mcconnachie at Seafield Arms in Cullen

Robert Mckillop has been extended to the end of the year at Deans of Huntly

Gordon Smillie is at Shieldaig Lodge, he has also been extended

Jason Paxton is at Friars Carse near Dumfries

Craig Wood is at The Isles Inn in Portree

Thank you to ALL our chefs for you hard work, support and patience 😊

Stay Safe

Out and About 13th November

We have got 5 chefs still out working. We had 1 relief job confirmed for the week.

We are also selling Michael’s book Chopped Parsely….. anyone that would like a copy please drop us a message it is £7.00 posted to anywhere the UK.

We also have cases of beer from Lowland Brewing 12 x 500ml bottles (Dryfe Blonde, Twa Dugs, Rabbies Drouth and Beerdie Beatnik Stout) £24.00 and can be delivered locally at no charge. We can also courier to anywhere in the UK the charge will be added to the cost of the case.

We also have nice gift boxes that hold 3 x 500ml bottles and either a pint or ½ pint glass £12 - these are available for delivery in Lockerbie or Moffat and in between.

We now have an occasional license for 15 Well Street, Moffat so feel free to pop in and purchase.

Anyone buying a case of 12 bottles or 2 x gift boxes up until 31st December 2020 will be entered in to our competition for 1 week’s free accommodation at our apartment in Nerja anytime in 2021 (depending on availability).

To place an order you can PM me, email []( or call 01683 222830.

Here are the chefs we have out working and still charging for

Robert Mckillop is at Deans of Huntly

Gordon Smillie is at The Shieldaig Lodge in Ross-shire

Ed Stankaitis is at The Scores Hotel in St Andrews

Jason Paxton is at Friars Carse Hotel in Dumfriesshire

Craig Wood is at The Isle Inn in Portree

Thanks to you ALL for your hard work and support

Stay Safe 😊 x

Out and About Friday 18th September

We currently have 56 chefs out working in Scotland and Northumberland

The work this week has been very patchy with 8 new relief job confirmed

We have excellent availability of relief chefs with a lot of well-known to CIS.

Michael gave you a list of some of the long standing chefs yesterday, here are some one the newer placements 😊

Ben Donaldson at The Gables Hotel in Gretna

Glenn Richards at Craigard Hotel in Campbeltown

Bobby Ainsworth and James McPherson at The Glen Mhor Hotel in Inverness

Tony Orr at The Kenmore Hotel in Perthshire

Ed Stankaitis at Grant Arms Hotel in Grantown on Spey

Martin Kelly at The Kinloch Hotel in Skye

Ally Brown at Inveroran hotel in Argyll

Robert Mckillop at Y Not in Thurso

Phil Smith at The Cairndow Coach Inn in Argyll

Thanks to you all for you hard work and continued support 😊

Out and almost about

17th July 2020

Out and Almost about

A live out commis chef job in the Scottish Borders is getting no applicants. Wow!

What does that indicate?

As we come out of lockdown and some, very much some, hotels and restaurants open up; the industry problems of an aging demographic of chefs quite possibly remains the same as it was pre lockdown.

Lockdown: have a job in the public sector and get furloughed and get your job back, for now as lockdown eases.

Lockdown: have a job in Scottish Hospitality and maybe get furloughed, but just as maybe get no furlough and made redundant. Not a criticism of private industry which has to play with the cards dealt.

The demographics may be worse as many may have managed to find work in other industries such as care or online retail.

Jobs, there are some and after 12 weeks of inactivity CIS made our first relief placement since lockdown on Thursday the 9th of July.

There were two more relief placements made yesterday.

There are permanent jobs out there as well to apply for and I expect that there will be some more in the

next few weeks .

I took my car over to the garage in Beattock this morning after posting an early morning song and walking back there was a steady flow of campervans leaving Moffat. When popping out for a couple of pints on Wednesday night there were quite a few tourists about, mainly middle aged and early retirement ages and possibly with quite a bit of disposable income.

One of the phone calls yesterday came from down in Tigh Na Bruich and the report was busy in rural Scotland as the tourist season started up again.

Not a big fan of the sound of the word staycation, but what I am seeing and hearing is that many people from England are holidaying in Scotland.

How long will the season last and how much demand will there be for chefs?

Not sure, but there are chef jobs out there for now and why not apply for the job on north Skye for 3 months at 13 pounds an hour live in

Next week we will be open longer hours, not quite back to 9 to 5pm and will see how work pans out up until the end of July.