Eat & Drink near Stirling

Callum Dow has been appointed the new head chef at Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa by Polmont in East Central Scotland.

With over ten years experience in the hospitality industry, Newcastle born Dow joins Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the UK's largest privately owned hotel group from his previous role as head chef at Dakota in South Queensferry, north of Edinburgh.

Dow said: "This is a great opportunity for me to come to Scottish Steak Club at Macdonald Inchyra Hotel and take it to the next level.  I really thrive on the variety and challenges presented by working within one of the group's largest hotels; in one day the team can be preparing a business breakfast for twenty, canapés for a reception of 150 or a conference dinner for over 700 delegates."

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts' promise to serve only the finest freshest produce, with flavoursome dishes always prepared from whole raw ingredients and sourced locally and seasonally when possible. Dow commented: "The sirloin steak is one of our most popular dishes and like all the food on our menu, is of exceptional quality. All the steaks are sourced from Aberdeen Angus cattle and aged for 21 days. We cook the steaks on a Josper Grill, which works the same as a barbeque and retains the succulence and flavours of the meats.

"Other popular dishes include our fresh wild fish, which is again sourced locally. Of course, many of our overseas (and Scottish) guests also can't resist trying our haggis, neeps and tatties."

"It's a tremendous opportunity to make my mark in the industry and it's really exciting to count the likes of AA-rosette awarded chef John Paul (Macdonald Marine Hotel & Spa) as a colleague.  He's an inspiration and I want to ensure I am equally successful in my career."

Commenting on Dow's appointment, Brett Ingle, General Manager at Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa added: "We are pleased to welcome Callum to the team. He is very ambitious and talented, having secured his first position as head chef at only twenty-three. We particularly liked his ideas for further developing the menu and offering within our highly successful Scottish Steak Club and we now look forward to supporting Callum as he oversees the restaurant, conference and banqueting menus."

Last year Macdonald Inchyra Hotel & Spa completed a £4 million refurbishment that included the launch of a Scottish Steak Club restaurant and investment in bedroom and spa facilities.