New talent at Three Chimneys

Three-Chimneys---Scott-Davies-5For only the third time in 30 years, a new head chef is to take over the kitchen at the Michelin-starred Three Chimneys restaurant on Skye.

Scott Davies (pictured with co-owner Shirley Spear) has made a name for himself working at a number of high-end Scottish restaurants throughout his career and recently as a member of the team that opened The Adamson in St Andrews. He was a finalist in BBC’s Masterchef The Professionals, 2013.

Before that he worked with Michelin chef Adam Stokes at Glenapp Castle. Scott trained in several AA three-rosette establishments and achieved his own three AA rosettes as head chef at Rusacks Hotel in 2012, at the age of 26.

The move comes as chef director Michael Smith and current head chef Kevin McLean both leave the business for pastures new.

Michael said: “It has not been an easy decision to make in any way, having spent over the last 10 years maintaining and enhancing the fantastic reputation of this amazing restaurant. I feel it is the right time for my professional career and personal life to take a new direction, and I leave the company in a very strong position to create a fresh chapter in its history.

The Three Chimneys owners Eddie and Shirley Spear said it was the start of a fresh chapter in the life of their iconic restaurant with rooms.

“We are immensely grateful to Michael and Kevin for all their hard work, especially achieving the Michelin star, and we wish them all the very best in the future,” said Shirley.

“As the Three Chimneys approaches its 30th anniversary next month, we are very much looking to the future and in Scott we believe we have someone who can work with us to take the business forward to a whole new level.”

Scott will join the business in May and describes the move as a dream come true.

“For 30 years The Three Chimneys has been blazing a trail for local, seasonal food in Scotland and I’m honoured to be the chef who will lead the kitchen on the next part of a very special journey,” he said.