The luxury five-star resort, Fairmont St Andrews, last week hosted an evening of Scottish gastronomy to celebrate the completion of its multi-million-pound renovation – raising over £20,000 in aid of Beatson Cancer Charity.
A collective of award-winning and celebrity chefs was headed by MasterChef: The Professionals current champion, Gary Maclean, and the exclusive evening was hosted by former BBC Scotland newsreader and restaurant reviewer, Viv Lumsden.
Marking the extensive 18-month and local refurbishment, Fairmont St Andrews welcomed international VIPs, including government ministers, senior business leaders and sports stars such as Alain Baxter, Sarah Heaney, Scottish Curling Team, Gordon Smith, Stephen Gethins MP, Willie Rennie MSP, Bobby Petta, Alan Rough, Andy Walker, who all enjoyed a five-course gala dinner in the beautifully lit Atrium.
The menu celebrated the finest locally-sourced Scottish produce, with courses created by Gary Maclean, Anthony Demetre of Wild Honey in London’s Mayfair, Fairmont St Andrew’s Executive Chef Steve Wilson and their Pastry Chef, Gerard Chouet. A Q&A session, chaired by Gary Maclean, prize draw with incredible stays at Fairmont properties around the world up for grabs, and entertainment from The Red Hot Chilli Pipers followed.
The debut of the interiors, managed by RPW Design, has been influenced by the history and landscapes of St Andrews, and features a complete redesign of the hotel’s Atrium, incorporating a bespoke 60m long ceiling sculpture by award winning artist George Singer, a new restaurant and the Kittock’s Bar.
John Keating, General Manager of Fairmont St Andrews, said: “The relaunch event was a great success and we are thankful to our guests, partners and chefs for joining to celebrate such a remarkable milestone for Fairmont St Andrews. We are thrilled to showcase this beautiful resort, as a celebration of the best of Scottish design, hospitality and produce. Thanks to the support of our guests, we were able to raise over £20,000 for Beatson to support their incredible work.”
Graham Soutar, Chief Executive of Beatson Cancer Charity added: “Fairmont St Andrews have been a huge supporter of our work and their efforts in collaborating with us for this fundraising event have been outstanding. We’d like to thank the whole team at the hotel and everyone who attended in order to make it such a big success.”