One of Scotland’s top chefs is to open a hotel bistro close to the parliament in Edinburgh.
Macdonald Holyrood Hotel has lured Paul Tamburrini from his position as chef director at Martin Wishart’s The Honours Brasserie in the capital.
He will launch his first venture, Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini in partnership with Macdonald Hotels & Resorts.
The 80 cover restaurant is scheduled to open in the autumn following a £250,000 investment.
Glasgow-born Tamburrini, 45, trained with Marco Pierre White at L’Escargot in London, before going on to work at a number of well-known Scottish establishments, including Rogano in Glasgow, Cameron House at Loch Lomond and Restaurant Martin Wishart in Leith.
He followed renowned Scottish chefs, Gordon Ramsay and Andrew Fairlie at the helm of Glasgow’s Hotel du Vin at One Devonshire Gardens, where he was executive head chef for five years.
He said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. The management at Macdonald Hotels & Resorts approached me with a really exciting proposal to combine their position as the UK’s largest independent hotel group with my ambition to open a restaurant in my name.
“Being part of a hotel environment is second nature to me and I’m very proud to be taking this next step in my career.”
Ruaridh Macdonald, deputy chief executive of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, said: “Paul is regarded as one of the country’s top chefs, the phenomenally high quality and consistency of his output at The Honours Brasserie and One Devonshire Gardens over the past 12 years places him at the very top of his profession.
“We’re investing in a brand new state-of-the-art kitchen with a redesigned restaurant to complement the quality of the food. It will be a superb dining experience and once established, we have ambitions to build on what will undoubtedly be a successful venture by rolling it out in some of our other hotels across the UK.”
The news follows the recent appointments of Michelin starred chef, Tony Borthwick to Macdonald Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews and renowned chef, James McCulloch Thomson to Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa in Aberfoyle.
Macdonald Hotels celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2016 and operates more than 45 hotels across the UK and ten resorts in the UK, Spain and Portugal.