Dream job alert as award-winning Skye restaurant with rooms seeks head chef

The restaurant has only had three head chefs in its history.

Published 1st Apr 2024
Updated 1 st Apr 2024

For a chef looking for the top job - and a relocation to a beautiful Scottish island - this may be a dream role.

The Three Chimneys on Skye are looking for a head chef to take over the kitchen, as the current head chef, Scott Davies, is leaving to be nearer family on the mainland. He will stay with the company in a consultative role. 

The restaurant, which has been named one of the world’s best dining destinations, won countless accolades and has even welcomed Nigella Lawson through its doors, has only had three head chefs, with Davies taking on the role in 2015.

The successful candidate will design inventive menus and manage the day-to-day running of the restaurant, working with local producers to showcase Skye’s bountiful larder, but they will also have the opportunity to manage The Three Chimneys’ new pop-up dining site at the Talisker distillery.

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In addition to a generous salary, they will receive a house with low rent on the beautiful Isle of Skye.

The five-star AA restaurant, which is included in the Michelin Guide for Great Britain and Ireland 2024, is advertising for an “ambitious, talented and exacting chef” who has already established themselves and is now ready to make their mark at one of Scotland’s most iconic restaurants.

“I am looking for someone dynamic and innovative who has the drive and vision to ensure that The Three Chimneys continues to win accolades and a loyal following of guests around the world,” said Brett Davidge, managing director of The Wee Hotel Company who own the Three Chimneys.

The Three Chimneys opened its doors as a restaurant on the Isle of Skye in 1985 with a simple intention: to celebrate Scotland’s larder through fresh, seasonal and inventive cooking.

Since then, it has remained at the forefront of Scotland’s culinary scene, placing Skye firmly on the map as one of the country’s finest dining destinations and earning global renown for its cuisine – The Wall Street Journal even named it one of five restaurants in the world worth travelling for.

LHH Recruitment are handling finding the best candidate. Scott Miller, Senior Director at LHH Recruitment Solutions said: "The Three Chimneys is a leading light in Scotland’s culinary landscape, and having recently experienced its outstanding food and hospitality I am incredibly proud to lead the search for such an important role.

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"Opportunities such as this don’t arise very often, and I would be delighted to have a confidential chat with any prospective candidates who would like to find out more.”

Chefs interested in applying for the role can do so by sending a tailored CV and covering letter to scotlandexecutive@lhh.com, with ‘Head Chef’ as the subject heading. The successful candidate can expect to start this summer.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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