Scran season 4: New ventures and old habits with chefs Derek Johnstone and Mark Donald

The latest episode of our podcast Scran is now live.

Published 16th Jul 2021
Updated 10 th Oct 2023

On this episode of Scran, host Rosalind Erskine sits down to chat about food, career moves, crisps, whisky and nurturing new talent with chefs Derek Johnstone and Mark Donald.

Derek, who was the first winner of Masterchef the professionals, moved from his role at Borthwick castle, an exclusive use venue near Gorebridge to take over and develop three restaurants within the Russacks Hotel in St Andrews.

Also earlier this year, Mark Donald left his role as head chef of the Michelin starred No.1 restaurant at the Balmoral to take on an executive head chef role at the soon to open Lalique restaurant at the Glenturret distillery.

Mark and Derek talk about their new roles, what diners can expect, how they got into cooking and the career achievements to date.

Tune in to hear their food heaven and hell, what to expect from their new restaurants, how they got into cooking and advice for newcomers to the industry.

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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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