Because the Assembly & Occasions Head Chef at The Balmoral Resort, one in every of Edinburgh’s most iconic institutions comes with each status and stress – learn on to find extra about Kevin Sutherland’s artistic culinary profession.
What had been your profession aspirations once you had been younger? Did you at all times have aptitude within the kitchen?
I began working within the kitchens once I was 13 and from then on it sparked a ardour and I knew that this was the profession path for me. It was at all times a purpose of mine to work in Michelin starred kitchens and I really feel very fortunate to have achieved this purpose, working in Quantity One in 2008 and Galvin La Chappelle in 2012. My ardour for cooking was sparked early and comes from my Mum, she is a implausible prepare dinner and baker and even to this present day there are a few of her recipes I can’t grasp in addition to her, like her stovies and oatcakes. I feel a few of her culinary genes rubbed off on me.
Please inform us extra about your function at The Balmoral Resort and what a typical day is like (if such a factor exists!)
Working at The Balmoral, each day is so completely different. I take care of Convention and occasions, workers eating and room service breakfast. At some point we might have a convention breakfast for 200 then a fork buffet for lunch for 300, adopted by canapés and a sit down dinner for 300. The following we might have smaller extra intimate dinners in our fort view room for as much as 40. It’s an thrilling surroundings to work in once you may be artistic within the kitchen and tailor every menu to go well with the occasion, this actually permits us to ship the world famend hospitality that The Balmoral is understood for. I really feel extraordinarily fortunate to have a implausible, enthusiastic and passionate group behind me, we’re a decent knit household and it’s a nice surroundings to be part of.
Cooks are identified for working in high-pressure environments, is that this stress much more so given that you just work at one of the crucial iconic institutions in Scotland?
It’s so crucial to satisfy our visitor’s expectations and I feel with that, there generally is a sure sort of stress sure, but it surely retains issues thrilling. Whether or not our visitors are regulars at luxurious properties or they’re treating themselves for an event at a premium resort as a celebration, everybody deserves the identical expertise. In the end everybody on the resort is obsessed with exceeding visitor expectations so that they have an incredible expertise of their time right here and wish to come again, that’s what we’re at all times working for.
Please inform us in regards to the strategy you’re taking for the supply of the meals for the assembly and occasions and the way (if in any respect) it differs from the opposite eating places throughout the resort?
We’re extraordinarily lucky that we now have among the finest produce on this planet on our doorstep and we stay by the ethos that we solely purchase the best elements. Utilizing intelligent cooking methods we’re in a position to prepare dinner for bigger events with minimal wastage. Our dishes by no means have greater than 5 elements on the plate, we preserve it clear and uncomplicated however at all times ship high-quality, scrumptious dishes.
You might be additionally chargeable for the savouries in The Balmoral’s award-winning Afternoon Tea in Palm Court docket at The Balmoral – which actually is like no different, why do you suppose that is / how is that this expertise achieved?
As a group, we now have managed to actually develop our Afternoon Tea providing over time to make it actually distinctive. Each element is taken into account, from the recipes of sandwich fillings that we now have taken time to excellent, to the nice and cozy scones being silver served. Every thought-out element provides to the general expertise. Our Palm Court docket group delivers an unbelievable spectacle when pouring our visitors tea of selection and our harpist creates a comfortable serene surroundings to accompany the unbelievable room itself. It’s virtually like a tasting Afternoon Tea, we additionally embrace amuse bouche, and just a little current for the visitor to remove to allow them to bear in mind their time with us with a momento.
The place do you discover inspiration to your menus?
In every single place actually. It’s actually a mixture of my favorite cookery books, a few of my proficient colleagues and social media. Consuming out can be a good way to get inspiration and Edinburgh has so many nice locations to go.
And what’s essentially the most thrilling occasion you’ve ever designed a menu for?
I like the problem of designing a menu for a giant occasion, I used to be as soon as requested to provide a Scottish recreation and mushroom seven-course menu for purchasers in Macau. I flew over to prepare dinner the menu and went onto Tokyo to absorb the implausible meals tradition over there. It was fairly an expertise.
It’s additionally nice to cater for charities. Annually, myself and my good friend and fellow Chef, Craig Sandle auctioned ourselves off to create a memorable eating expertise for the best bidder for Edinburgh’s Kids’s Hospital. That is at all times a enjoyable factor to do and naturally a extremely rewarding expertise.
Luxurious is very subjective – what does it imply to you?
For me, if I can grasp each element of our visitors expertise and tailor it to go well with them personally then I feel they’re attending to expertise true luxurious Scottish hospitality.
Personally, it’s a babysitter for the night so my spouse and I can exit for dinner or a day’s fishing within the lochs of Caithness for wild brown trout.
What’s your life motto (in case you have one?)
Good query…for me I stay by the ethos of ‘deal with individuals as you wish to be handled’ in all points of life.