TheUK's largest privately owned
hotel group collects five awards
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, theUK's largest privately owned
hotel group, has picked up five prestigious industry accolades at
the Scottish Hotel Awards 2012, earlier this week.
The Scottish Hotel Awards, now in its ninth year, is designed to
recognise and reward the highest standards, individually and
corporately, and to celebrate excellence and achievement.
Macdonald Hotels was presented with the Group Breakfast of the
Year Award, and head chef from the four-star Macdonald Marine Hotel
& Spa,North Berwick, was honoured along with three members of
the team from Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa, for their
Executive chef John Paul McLachlan from the four-star Macdonald
Marine Hotel & Spa, North Berwick, beat off stiff competition
from restaurants across Scotland to be crowned Scottish Hotel Chef
of the Year for his signature restaurant, John Paul at the Marine.
General Manager Morag Stark from the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf
& Spa won Hotel Manager Gold Medal, and her colleagues
executive chef Ivor Clark won Hotel Chef Medaille a'Argent award
and Gina Clark won Events Manager of the Year.
John Paul at the Marine opened in June 2011, specialising in the
finest organic seasonal dishes. With two prestigious AA Rosettes,
executive chef John Paul, who has worked under culinary greats such
as Raymond Blanc and Gordon Ramsay, served up a host of innovative
signature dishes with a modern take on traditional fare.
Brasserie-style prices coupled with Scottish-influenced dishes -
served against the spectacular backdrop of the Firth of Forth -
raise the restaurant bar inEast Lothian.
Morag, who has been with Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf &
Spa in Peebles for seven years, is celebrating her second
consecutive management gold medal from the awards. With almost 17
years' experience in the hotel industry, sales manager Gina Clark
has built an impressive career within Macdonald Hotels, starting as
a trainee receptionist and progressing from this position.
She won the award for Events Manager of Year for increasing the
number of weddings at the hotel by 57 per cent year on year. Chef
Ivor Clark has extensive experience from kitchens across theUKand
abroad - climbing the industry ladder from commis chef to head chef
at Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, Golf & Spa in his home town.
Ruaridh Macdonald, Sales and Marketing Director at Macdonald
Hotels & Resorts, said: "We are all extremely proud of these
achievements as they reflect the hard work and dedication from not
only those individuals, but across all of our 14 hotels
Notes to editor
First established in 1990 by Donald Macdonald and colleagues
Macdonald Hotels & Resorts operates over 40 hotels across
theUKand ten resorts throughout theUKandSpain. Macdonald Hotels
employs over 4,400 staff and operates in excess of 4,500 hotel
rooms. Its focus is on developing its strong portfolio of four and
five star hotels, with each offering its own character and
individuality underpinned with the quality and attention to detail
expected of the Macdonald brand. In particular, the company prides
itself on the seasonality and provenance of its food within the
hotels, from breakfast through to dinner, as well as its wide range
of specially selected wines. As testament to the excellent level
of service the Group provides, it has on numerous occasions
won several prestigious accolades, most notably the AA Hotel Group
of the Year 2007-08 and the National Customer Service Awards for
Leisure and Tourism.
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