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Food World Pays Tribute to ‘Giant of Cooking in Scotland’

Gleneagles chef Andrew Fairlie has died at the age of 55

Chef Andrew Farlie of two Michelin star restaurant Restaurant Andrew Farlie at Gleneagles in Scotland has died after a long illness
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Andrew Fairlie, one of Scotland’s most famous and celebrated chefs, has died at the age of 55.

His father Jim announced his passing this morning; the news arrives following Fairlie’s announcement in November that he was suffering from a terminal brain tumour.

The November announcement included the news that the chef would be stepping away from his role as head chef at the two-Michelin-starred restaurant at the Gleneagles Hotel near Perth in the south east of Scotland.

Today, chefs, writers, and politicians across the country have paid tribute to a chef praised as one of Scotland’s finest.

Scottish National Party leader Nicola Sturgeon led the tributes, saying the chef’s legacy would “inspire the next generation of world class chefs.”

His last employer called him a “treasured part of the Gleneagle’s family.”

The Clove Club head chef Isaac McHale called Fairlie a “giant of cooking in Scotland” and a “proud ambassador for the country.”

Times restaurant critic remembered Fairlie as a “very fine chef and a thoroughly decent man.”

Bibendum’s Claude Bosi replied to Fairlie’s father offering his condolences.

The Michelin Guide account said he was among the U.K.’s finest chefs.

Chef Tom Brown, formerly of the Capital Hotel restaurant and now chef-patron at Cornerstone in Hackney Wick, said Fairlie was an “inspiration of every level.”

Chef Ken Hom said he was “devastated.”

Michel Roux, patriarch of the Roux family and founder of name’s scholarship — of which Fairlie was the inaugural winner — called the chef “fearless and brilliant.”

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