Course: HND Professional Cookery
Campus: SRUC Elmwood
Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Scotland’s only restaurant with two Michelin stars, ranked 8th in 2018’s Good Food Guide, has recently welcomed its new commis chef to the team. Euan Welsh completed his Hospitality course at SRUC Elmwood in summer 2017, and is now loving his new role.
“It’s been absolutely incredible. I didn’t expect to be here from coming straight out of college. My nerves were very high at the beginning- getting used to the way we work, and then for me to be creating Andrew Fairlie’s signature smoked lobster dish!”
Euan began with the team in the Larder section, working on cold starters and some of the main course plates. He then focused on the smoked lobster dish.
“It was amazing to be working on the lobster dish, as it’s so renowned. I remember sampling it at the Scottish Chefs Conference that I attended as a student in 2015, so it was quite an honour to have that as my focus.”
Euan works in a team of 12 chefs, headed by Chef Stephen McLaughlin, who runs the kitchen.
“The team here is fantastic. Even though the standard is exceptionally high, the atmosphere in the kitchen is relaxed and everyone is really supportive, it’s a strong team. It’s a 12 hour shift, but it goes so fast as it’s really enjoyable.”
Euan has wanted to become a chef since he was young.
“I lived in Italy for a few years, growing up, and food was such a big thing in my life. My mum was a professional chef for most of her life, so I grew up baking and cooking with her, and I always knew it was what I wanted to do.”
Euan’s training at SRUC has greatly influenced his achievements.
“I would not be here if it wasn’t for SRUC – through four years of college- it wasn’t just the skills I learnt, which was really important, but it was character building and helped me develop on a personal level to give me the confidence to work in a restaurant like this.
“Vicki Munro was such an inspirational teacher. She is so supportive and knows so much about the industry and just wants her students to do well. The rest of the teaching staff are amazing too- Wullie, Roz and Mark, everyone helped me to progress.”
With such an amazing start to his career, what does the future hold for Euan?
“I had work experience in Dubai a few years back and really enjoyed it, I’d love to work somewhere like Dubai or Australia one day. But being here now is incredible, and I’d be happy to stay for as long as I could!”
Posted February 2017