Fairmont St Andrews is welcoming back Chef Ian Syme, who re-joins the team from a three-year stint as Executive Sous Chef at Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire.

Originally from Anstruther, Fife, Chef Syme previously spent almost three years at Fairmont St Andrews as Executive Sous Chef, as well as a stint as Head Chef at the Seafood Ristorante in St Andrews around its rebrand in 2016.


Chef Syme joins at an exciting time for the luxury resort with the return of international tourism and the 150th Open coming to St Andrews this summer – with Fairmont St Andrews’ Kittocks and Torrance championship courses playing host to the qualifying rounds in June.


From breakfast to dinner, he plans to be heavily involved in all the hotel kitchens, offering support and guidance and dedicating time daily to mentoring and development of the kitchen team.


Commenting on his appointment, he said: “It is a fantastic time to be coming back to Fairmont St Andrews, ahead of what may be our busiest summer on record.


“I am so looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, and meeting some new ones, as we further develop our staff team and our fantastic food offering. I completely share Fairmont’s values in the training and developing of people making a start in the industry and look forward to bringing on some new culinary apprentices over time.

“Being back in St Andrews means I am that bit closer to our excellent local suppliers, too, such as our lobster fisherman who work in St Andrews Bay, which is right on our doorstep. My fondness for my home in Fife finds a way into all my cooking and the seafood we have here on the East Neuk, like lobster and turbot, is always a prominent feature.”


John Keating, General Manager at Fairmont St Andrews, added: “It is a very warm welcome back to Chef Syme as he joins the team here at Fairmont St Andrews.

“We are so looking forward to his fresh take on development, training and enhancing our offering as we look ahead to what we hope will be a busy and successful season.”


Fairmont St Andrews is a 520-acre luxury hotel and estate located in the home of golf; St Andrews, Fife. With two championship golf courses, as well as an extensive spa and wellness offering, family activities and dining options for all tastes, it has become one of Scotland’s most iconic premium hotel resorts.


For more information, visit: https://www.fairmont.com/st-andrews-scotland/

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