Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the UK's largest independent hotel group, has appointed renowned hotel food and beverage leader Keith Shearer as Group Executive Chef.

Keith has over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, having developed the food and beverage offering at Malmaison and Hotel du Vin.

Commenting on his appointment, Keith Shearer said: "I'm very proud to be part of the Macdonald Hotels & Resorts group and am looking forward to working with our talented food and beverage teams and our award-winning restaurants, including over 45 AA Rosettes."

"The group's robust policy for only the finest seasonal ingredients and sourcing the best produce available is a breath of fresh air, and is what sets the group apart in the industry.

These values absolutely align with my own and that's what is so exciting about the new role.

"My philosophy when it comes to food is uncomplicated. I believe in developing a strong understanding of the ingredients you are working with, using the best seasonal produce and creating simple dishes that people really want to eat."

With a strong track record in managing restaurants from concept through to launch, Keith handled the high profile openings of both Bistro du Vin in London's Soho and an exclusive afternoon tea offering at Liberty London.

Keith added: "From the minute I stepped into a bustling kitchen I was hooked. Growing up in Edinburgh, the restaurant business was an exciting way to develop my career and travel the world. I'm now very excited to get back to my roots working with the best ingredients in a great Scottish company."

"My role will involve working alongside our chefs to create an even stronger guest experience through training, menu creation and new developments, which I'll be able to talk more about soon."

Keith's experience also includes over two years with DeVere Group where he directed all food and beverage operations.

Commenting on the appointment, Ruaridh Macdonald, Deputy Chief Executive, said: "I am very pleased to announce that Keith Shearer has joined the Macdonald Hotels & Resorts family. This is a significant hire for us and Keith's strong track record and passion for the best seasonal produce will further strengthen our commitment to providing the highest quality food and beverage offering."

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts has a unique food and beverage offering, from casual steak club dining at its five Scottish Steak Clubs, which offer the finest quality steaks, to Sindhu at Macdonald Compleat Angler, a partnership with Michelin-starred chef, Atul Kochha.