Louise here, I have arrived in Scotland for my six month placement at the Gleneagles hotel. It is a five star hotel, they are well known for awarding spa and golf course. It is based on a 850 acre estate in the highlands of Scotland. It has hosted important events like G8 summit of world leaders and the golfs 2014 Ryder Cup.
In terms of food in the hotel, it’s hard to pick a starting point. They have many restaurants within the hotel, most of the restaurants are all under the business of the hotel, expect for
Andrew Fairlies restaurant which is in the hotel but is run as a separate business. Andrew Fairlie restaurant is one of best known restaurant in UK, it has two Michelin stars. It is only restaurant in Scotland to hold the two Michelin stars.
In the hotel there are many different restaurants, they range from fine dinning to casual as a cafe. They all have there own kitchen for each restaurant. What I love about it is all desserts in each restaurant is coming from the one pastry kitchen. That is where I am working for my placement.
The pastry kitchen is a whole kitchen of its own. It is working 24 hours a day for 7 days a week. Bakers come in a night and bake all the bread needed for all kitchens as well of scones, doughs, croissants ect. Their is about 22 pastry chefs working in this kitchen. Everyday team is split into sections for the different restaurants. It is a very good team, if one section is under pressure all the other sections will step in and help get it done. They are very welcoming and want you to learn as much as you can while your here.
On arrival a few buses and taxis to get here but that was because I didn’t know what buses ran where. It is located above Edinburgh and Glasgow, about the same distance from each. A bus runs from right outside the staff accommodation to Perth and Stirling. There is a train station near by to get to Edinburgh and Glasgow. I arrived on a Sunday and had two days of induction on Monday and Tuesday. They are very good to staff here.