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Iain is dedicated to keeping Carlowrie’s culinary reputation firmly ahead of the competition.

  • Iain MacDonald

    Head Chef

Iain MacDonald

Head Chef

Iain was mentored by some of Scotland’s most talented chefs during his career in boutique hotels. His love and understanding of local and seasonal give Iain a classic approach with a modern twist, and he is dedicated to keeping Carlowrie’s culinary reputation firmly ahead of the competition. Always keen to be challenged, and to challenge himself, Iain will turn your ideas into a mouthwatering reality. A keen animal lover (and not just on the plate) and outdoor fitness fan, Iain is working his way up and down Scotland’s Munros.


What animal would you be and why?
I would be a dog as I think dogs have such meaningful life’s – they bring so much happiness to people and help people and are very loyal animals. (Iain later amended this to Llama – however was unable to offer any contributing reason other than a selfie taken with an exceptionally happy looking llama)

If you were stuck in an elevator and forced to listen to one song what would it be?
You’re welcome by Dwayne Johnson (from “Moana”) – it’s a great song, makes me happy so it would keep my spirits high if I were to get stuck in an elevator.

If you were Prime Minister what is the first thing you would do?
Would give key workers a wage increase to show how much the country appreciates the selfless work they do especially during a trying time like it is at the moment.

What superpower would you like to have and why?
Time travel – would love to go back and spend more time with family and friends that we’ve lost over the years.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
Never be scared to fail, never give up always get back up and try again.

If you had a dinner party, what famous person would you invite and why?
I would invite Marco Pierre White as he was always an idle for me growing up as a chef so would love to have him round to get to know him better.

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