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John Paul @ The Marine confirms demo at FEAST 2012

The executive chef at the MacDonald Marine Hotel, North Berwick is the first to sign up to FEAST 2012. John Paul from the Marine has confirmed that he will take part in the live chef demonstrations at FEAST 2012 - the student-led food festival run by Jewel & Esk College and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

The food festival, now in its third year, is a celebration of Scottish regional food and drink. Set to be the culinary extravaganza of the year, the 2012 event will showcase some of Scotland’s most talented and inspiring chefs, Scottish food and drink producers and an exciting range of imaginative regional sampling menus.

The 80 cover high-end brasserie restaurant ‘John Paul at The Marine’ has a growing reputation for excellence. His philosophy of using only the best locally sourced ingredients, wherever possible, in his dishes makes him an ideal fit for the FEAST food festival which aims to showcase high quality regional Scottish food.

John Paul has honed his skills alongside some of the world’s most celebrated chefs including Raymond Blanc, Gordon Ramsay and Martin Wishart. Initially based in the Scottish Borders, John Paul had made Head Chef at the tender age of 22. Continually striving to improve his skills he secured a place in Raymond Blanc’s Cook School at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons. His time there allowed him to gain a real understanding of classical French cooking, as well as techniques from some of the great cooking masters. Upon leaving the Cook School, John Paul worked as Commis Pastry Chef in Raymond Blanc’s kitchen. Honing his skills in one of the country’s greatest kitchens was a huge boost to his confidence.

He returned to Glasgow, and began work for Gordon Ramsay at ‘Amaryllis’. John Paul explained: “My time with Gordon was a whirl wind of ups and downs, but after a very tough nine months, we gained our first Michelin Star. I also spent a short while with Martin Wishart and came away from both experiences focused and ready to take on the challenge as Executive Chef in ‘Albannach’ in London’s Trafalgar Square.”

Whilst working at ‘Albannach’ the restaurant was awarded 2 Rosettes.

Following the birth of his son, John Paul returned home to Scotland and secured his position at ‘The Macdonald Marine Hotel and Spa’ in North Berwick where he currently works at Executive Chef. After a few years working there, MacDonald Hotels branded his restaurant ‘John Paul at The Marine’ a clear demonstration of their faith in his abilities as one of Scotland’s most up and coming, progressive chefs.

Ron McGilp, Curriculum Development Manager at Jewel & Esk College, said: “Each year we like to refresh the chef line-up for the cooking demonstrations and we are delighted that John Paul will be taking part. FEAST 2012 is a great platform to showcase Scotland’s most gifted chefs and we are sure that the FEAST audience will really enjoy seeing and hearing from the range of brilliant individuals who are contributing in such a significant way to Scotland’s growing reputation for culinary excellence.”

FEAST 2012 will take place from 10am – 4pm at Jewel & Esk College, 24 Milton Road East, Edinburgh, EH15 2PP. Tickets will be priced at £12 (all adults) / £5 (concession available for students and children under 16 years of age) / children under 5 years go free. Tickets will be available to purchase from the Club at Jewel & Esk College, 24 Milton Road East, Edinburgh EH12 8RG or 0131 344 7373 or 344 7197 or from The Finance Department, Queen Margaret University, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, EH21 6UU.


For further media information please contact Lynne Russell, Press and PR Officer, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, tel: 0131 474 0000, mob: 07711 011239, Email:



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