The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Chef Donald McInnes caters for the celebrities at Western House Hotel and Ayr Racecourse

By: Iain Ferguson

CHEF to the stars! That’s Donald McInnes, Executive Chef at Western House Hotel and Ayr Racecourse, who in the past month has fed a plethora of celebrities.

 Donald (pictured above), who was previously Group Training Executive Chef for the Malmaison Group, is well used to catering for First Minister Alex Salmond, and during April Scotland’s foremost politician spent several nights at Western House and had dinner there on a number of occasions in April including the Friday and Saturday of the Coral Scottish Grand National fixture.

The next stars to come knocking on Donald’s door were Phil Oakey and his Human League colleagues. Donald and his team of chefs not only prepared food for the band’s dressing room prior to their concert at the Racecourse on Scottish Grand National Friday, but they also had a meal in Western House following the gig.

This prompted their tour manager Simon Watson to comment: “The after- gig meal was exceptional, we can’t thank the Western House team enough.”

But Donald and his staff couldn’t rest on their laurels, for among those dining the following day included Sir Alex Ferguson, his former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson, Channel 4 racing presenters Nick Luck, Alice Plunkett and Alistair Down and of course the First Minister again.

And Donald’s busy spell of feeding the celebs continued later that weekend with former World Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson tucking into a vegetarian meal at Western House!

Donald commented: “We have certainly had a busy time during the last few weeks, and I’d like to think this will continue during the remainder of the year.

“Every customer is important to us, but you know you must be doing something right when you have the likes of the First Minister and Sir Alex Ferguson in your restaurant. But it doesn’t stop there – Frank Bruno and Pixie Lott will be among my clients in the coming weeks.”

Ayr Racecourse and Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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