Award-winning chef to open new restaurants within Rusacks St Andrews
The former head chef at Borthwick Castle has moved on - taking over three new restaurants in the popular Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews.
Set to open in July, the three new dining concepts are: 18, The Bridge and One Under Bar, and will be located in a new extension within the hotel.
Derek will lead the kitchens as executive head chef where he will, once again, champion local Scottish produce throughout the menus.
The 120-room hotel, which overlooks the 18th green at the iconic Old Course, is undergoing a major renovation of its accommodations including a new addition to the property and a transformation of its food and beverage offerings.
Billed as a destination rooftop restaurant, 18 will specialise in the very best seasonal local produce.
Using the restaurant’s state-of-the-art Robata grill, Derek’s menu will focus on open flame cooked dishes and contemporary and innovative game and seafood dishes.
18 is located on the fourth floor of the new extension and its full glass wall offers a panoramic view across the Old Course, West Sands and the North Sea.
The ground floor will house The Bridge, a casual all-day dining option which continues the theme of championing Scottish produce, a key pillar of Johnstone’s food and drink ethos.
Completing the new offering is the One Under Bar, an intimate, underground bar serving beers, whiskies and cocktails.
Derek joins Rusacks St Andrews from Borthwick Castle where he was twice runner up in National Chef of the Year and has been shortlisted for Scottish Chef of the Year at the 2021 CIS Excellence Awards.
He also won the inaugural BBC Masterchef: The Professionals in 2008, aged 24.
Throughout his career, Derek has worked with some of the world’s most renowned chefs including Michel Roux Jr. and Albert Roux, and in Michelin-starred kitchens around Europe including Le Gavroche in London, De Karmeliet in Belgium, and DO near Milan.
Speaking of his new role, Derek said: “My philosophy of cooking beautiful Scottish produce -showing it the respect it deserves and letting the food do the talking - will run through the menus at 18, The Bridge and One Under Bar.
"I’m delighted to join the team at Rusacks St Andrews and look forward making it one of the best hotels in the country to eat and drink at.”