Young National Chef of the Year finalist- Jamie Mackinnon
The Young National Chef of the Year finalist, Jamie Mackinnon had a keen interest in cooking from a young age and was involved in Springboard’s FutureChef programme whilst at school.
His training began at Perth College but after one year he realised he preferred learning in the workplace and completed an apprenticeship at Murrayshall House Hotel in Perthshire, under head chef and now good friend, Craig Jackson.
When thinking about who inspires him, Jamie admires people who overcome major setbacks. He has been very ill in the past with Crohn’s Disease but has worked hard to ensure this doesn’t affect his dreams of being a chef. Stunning ingredients also inspire him, such as an extra-large langoustine that’s 10 hours old from the Isle of Skye. For him, that’s very special.
Jamie was seeded into the YNCOTY semi-final as winner of the Young Scottish Chef of the Year and won the Sheffield semi-final back in June. Winning such a coveted title would mean everything to him and would be a massive reward for not only the time that he’s put into it, but the time people have given him. Straight after the announcement, Jamie called his head chef and mentor, Davey Aspin to reveal the news he was in the final. It was then time to celebrate with dinner and drinks with his girlfriend.
Three words that best describe Jamie’s style of cooking are flavour, simplicity and honest.