Arbroath chefs top the menu

Chef Adam Newth and Owner Paul PcMillan of Castlehill Restaurant in Dundee won the Best Scottish Restaurant at the Food Awards Scotland on Monday.
Chef Adam Newth and Owner Paul PcMillan of Castlehill Restaurant in Dundee won the Best Scottish Restaurant at the Food Awards Scotland on Monday.

Chef Adam Newth from Arbroath has cooked up a storm at the Castlehill Restaurant in Dundee winning the Best Scottish Restaurant of the Year at the Food Awards Scotland on Monday.

“I am over the moon, it is a wonderful achievement after only being open for six months,” Adam told the Arbroath Herald.

Owner Paul McMillan and Adam teamed up over two years ago to find the perfect location for their new venture. “We wanted to use Scotland as the theme as well as local ingredients that we should be proud of,” said Paul. The powerhouse team set up in the vibrant city of Dundee, close to Adam’s hometown and a short commute from his new home with fiance, Rachel Coyne.

“This area is crying out for a fine dining option. Coming back here from Edinburgh through Fife and Perth there is lots of these options and we wanted to bring that to the city,” Adam explained.

Adam attended Arbroath Academy. He said: “Education wasn’t for me and I got into trouble. I got referred to Angus College and took up the Diploma in Culinary Arts.

“Garry Watson, chef at Gordon’s Restaurant in Inverkeilor was my lecturer. He was a big influence on me. He took me under his wing.”

Not the only Arbroath boy to have succeeded at this years awards, classically trained Andrew Stott, who has chefed around the world from Brazil to the Bahamas, opened Le Beaumartin in Glasgow with partner Richard Dupupet in 2010. At the other end of the career spectrum the former Arbroath Academy pupil was honoured with Best European Establishment, beating off tough competition. “We are so chuffed to be recognised after building the restaurant from scratch,” Andrew said.