An­drew amazed at the love as he steps down

Miche­lin star chef’s ter­mi­nal brain tu­mour news

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Rachel Clark

An­drew Fairlie, Scot­land’s only two Miche­lin starred chef, has opened up about his bat­tle with ter­mi­nal cancer af­ter step­ping down from his Perthshire restau­rant.

The renowned chef was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour in 2005 and has un­der­gone three years of chemo­ther­apy and a course of ra­dio­ther­apy.

But the 54-year-old was told in July that in­ten­sive treat­ment and surgery was no longer pos­si­ble be­cause of in­creased swelling around the tu­mour, which im­pacts his mo­bil­ity.

He is now tak­ing steroid drugs to re­duce the pain, which has caused him to put on a stone and a half in weight.

An­drew mar­ried his longterm part­ner Kate White on Wed­nes­day.

Re­act­ing to pub­lic well-wish­ers, the chef tweeted on Thurs­day: “If suc­cess could be mea­sured by the love and kind­ness you are sur­rounded by, to­day I feel like the rich­est man in the world, thank you all from the bot­tom of my heart.”

His self-named restau­rant in Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel is the only place to hold two Miche­lin stars in Scot­land.

Speak­ing of his di­ag­no­sis in an in­ter­view with The Times, he said: “Giv­ing up my restau­rant kitchen was the hard­est part.

“The fact that I’ll never be back, never have that buzz and at­mos­phere of the kitchen again, was very emo­tional.But it’s dan­ger­ous for me to be there. I’d just be a li­a­bil­ity.”

He added: “The dif­fi­cult part has been in watch­ing my par­ents, fam­ily and friends di­gest the news.

“It was hard telling the team that I would never be able to work in a pro­fes­sional kitchen again.”

An­drew ad­mit­ted to hav­ing wor­ries about the fu­ture of his Gle­nea­gles restau­rant.But fol­low­ing a meet­ing be­tween An­drew and Sharan Pas­richa, chief ex­ec­u­tive of En­nis­more which runs the Gle­nea­gles re­sort, it was con­firmed that the restau­rant will con­tinue un­der its cur­rent name with its three-year rolling con­tract ex­tended to five years. His longterm col­leagues in­clud­ing creative co­founder Gre­gor Mathieson, gen­eral man­ager Dale Dews­bury and head chef Ste­vie McLaugh­lin, will take over the An­drew Fairlie Restau­rant.

De­spite his de­clin­ing health An­drew said the fu­ture of the staff at his restau­rant, which opened in 2001, was his main con­cern.

He ex­plained: “I had so many sleep­less nights wor­ry­ing that my life’s work would turn to dust.

“My worst case sce­nario was that Gle­nea­gles would take back the space and give it to some other chef.

“I am very grate­ful that it is not the case and that my le­gacy will con­tinue.”

Sharan Pas­richa of Gle­nea­gles’ own­ers En­nis­more, paid trib­ute to An­drew and said: “We’re im­mensely proud of all of An­drew’s achieve­ments, and are de­lighted to con­tinue the le­gacy of such an im­por­tant and cher­ished culi­nary icon through the re­newal of our long-term part­ner­ship with the restau­rant.”

An­drew be­came a huge hit in the culi­nary scene at the age of 20 when he be­came the first win­ner of the Roux schol­ar­ship in 1984 and went on to work un­der three Miche­lin starred chef Michel Guer­ard at Les Pres d’Eu­ge­nie in Gas­cony, France.

Since then, he has been chef de cui­sine on the Royal Scots­man train, cooked at Ho­tel Dis­ney­land in Paris where he set up the ho­tel’s fine din­ing restau­rant and ran the Cal­i­for­nia Grill.

He be­came head chef at the One Devon­shire Gar­dens in Glas­gow, and af­ter seven years there, An­drew was awarded his first Miche­lin star and went on to open his restau­rant in Gle­nea­gles, com­mit­ting £115,000 of his own money.

He achieved his first Miche­lin star at Gle­nea­gles in 2002 and a sec­ond in 2006.

Scot­land’s First Min­is­ter Nicola Stur­geon was among those to praise his work this week.

Chef An­drew Fairlie has had to leave his restau­rant be­cause of ill­ness

The fact I’ll never be back, never have the buzz and at­mos­phere of the kitchen,was very emo­tional

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