Alan Murchison

Alan Murchison began working in family-run hotels in Scotland at 14, but it was a stint at Inverlochy Castle in Fort William that gave him his first taste of cooking fine food.

Ultimately, the four years Murchison spent with Raymond Blanc at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons remain the greatest influence on Murchison's career as chef and restaurateur.

Today, he is executive chef of L'Ortolan, a restaurant in Shinfield near Reading that's been showered with a Michelin star, three AA rosettes and 8/10 in the Good Food Guide.

As managing director of 10 in 8 Fine Dining Group, Murchison set himself a goal to open 10 Michelin starred restaurants by 2018. With L'Ortolan, Ludlow’s La Bécasse, Bedfordshire’s Paris House and Restaurant Angélique in Devon already up and running, Murchison is the only chef in the UK to operate multiple Michelin starred restaurants outside of London. 'This must be the best food for miles and miles' said The Independent restaurant critic, Caroline Stacey, of L'Ortolan.

There's certainly an artful precision in the preparation and presentation of dishes that sets Murchison's food apart. There’s a riot of carefully balanced textures and flavours going on; complex yet so easy to enjoy. Recipes such as this sea trout recipe with ruby chard and clams, or his fantastic lamb rump recipe exemplify these qualities.

Away from the kitchen, Alan Murchison appeared on the 2012 series of Great British Menu, where he wowed judges with a grilled mackerel with beetroot and horseradish dish, as well as duck terrine with pineapple.

Awards

The Michelin Guide
One Michelin star

The AA
Three AA rosettes


Restaurants
L'Ortolan
L'Ortolan Named after French delicacy, L’Ortolan is another luxury restaurant with scope and ambition beyond simply providing eager diners with somewhere to eat. Alongside the restaurant itself, classes and demonstrations are also available – plus a series of offers which facilitate private meals, events and ‘Michelin at home’, where the restaurant’s lauded cuisine is prepared and served within the comfort of your own dining room.

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