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Lorna McNee

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1 Michelin Star

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3 AA Rosettes

Lorna McNee is the head chef of Glasgow’s first Michelin starred restaurant in 18 years, Cail Bruich. Lorna is the first solo female to win a star in 20 years and she is currently the only female chef to hold a star in Scotland. Lorna began her career as a KP in a family-run Italian restaurant in Forres, Moray. After a stagiaire at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Scotland’s only two Michelin starred restaurant, Lorna was offered an apprenticeship.

Lorna McNee

Lorna McNee is the head chef of Glasgow’s first Michelin starred restaurant in 18 years, Cail Bruich. Lorna is the first solo female to win a star in 20 years and she is currently the only female chef to hold a star in Scotland.

Lorna began her career as a KP in a family-run Italian restaurant in Forres, Moray. After a stagiaire at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Scotland’s only two Michelin starred restaurant, Lorna was offered an apprenticeship. In 2008 Andrew Fairlie took Lorna on full time and she rose through the ranks quickly. She held the senior sous chef position at the restaurant before taking the reins at Cail Bruich in September 2020.

 Lorna’s career so far has been decorated with award wins and accolades including:

  • Game Chef of the Year (2016)
  • Scottish Chef of the Year (2017)
  • Great British Menu’s “Champion of Champions” (2021) on the BBC
  • 100 most influential women in hospitality by Code Hospitality (2021)
  • La Liste “One to Watch” (2021)
  • Krug ambassador

 She is being recognised by opinion formers with some top industry and consumer award nominations

  • The Restaurant Awards “Chef of the Year” (2021)
  • Square Meal’s Female Chef of The Year (2021)
  • Observer Food Monthly's "Stars of the future" (2021)
  • GQ Food & Drink Awards, Cail Bruich ‘’Restaurant of the Year’’ (2022)

 Most recently, Lorna was invited back to appear on the BBC’s Great British Menu as a veteran chef to judge the dessert course for the Scottish heat which welcomed her as the first female Scottish chef to judge in the history of the BBC programme. This also makes Lorna one of only two Scottish chefs to be invited back – the last was Michael Smith in 2017.

 Lorna’s approach to cooking has evolved over the last year to create her own signature style. Her menus have grown to explore new techniques, textures, and flavours with a heavy focus on what is locally available from her suppliers. She creates dishes to complement flavours in layers of sweet, savoury, sharpness, and texture in each mouthful.

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1 Michelin Star

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5 Rosettes