Donald, who was previously Group Training Executive Chef for the Malmaison Group, is well used to catering for First Minister Alex Salmond, and during April Scotland’s foremost politician spent several nights at Western House and had dinner there on a number of occasions in April including the Friday and Saturday of the Coral Scottish Grand National fixture.
The next stars to come knocking on Donald’s door were Phil Oakey and his Human League colleagues. Donald and his team of chefs not only prepared food for the band’s dressing room prior to their concert at the Racecourse on Scottish Grand National Friday, but they also had a meal in Western House following the gig.
This prompted their tour manager Simon Watson to comment: “The after- gig meal was exceptional, we can’t thank the Western House team enough.”
But Donald and his staff couldn’t rest on their laurels, for among those dining the following day included Sir Alex Ferguson, his former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson, Channel 4 racing presenters Nick Luck, Alice Plunkett and Alistair Down and of course the First Minister again.
And Donald’s busy spell of feeding the celebs continued later that weekend with former World Heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson tucking into a vegetarian meal at Western House!
Donald commented: “We have certainly had a busy time during the last few weeks, and I’d like to think this will continue during the remainder of the year.
“Every customer is important to us, but you know you must be doing something right when you have the likes of the First Minister and Sir Alex Ferguson in your restaurant. But it doesn’t stop there – Frank Bruno and Pixie Lott will be among my clients in the coming weeks.”
Ayr Racecourse and Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.
THE ELITE AYRSHIRE BUSINESS CIRCLE
The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle is an association founded in 2007 by some of the top companies in Ayrshire.
Its purpose is to publicise its members, and to celebrate and promote the wealth and rich diversity of entrepreneurial talent and business excellence that abounds here within the county boundaries of Ayrshire.
Members include the Clydesdale Bank, Ayr Racecourse, Western House Hotel, Turnberry Golf Resort and South Ayrshire Council. Member company activities include broadcasting, building and construction, architectural practice, estate agency and land management, chartered accountancy, insurance broking, legal services, golf club management, marketing services and brand creation, web design and public relations consultancy.
Frazer Coogans Commercial Solicitors senior partner Norman Geddes is executive chairman of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle, and managing director is public relations consultancy Fame Publicity Services proprietor Murdoch MacDonald.
For further information about The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle and to apply for membership, e-mail eliteayrshire@
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