“Seasonal food offers lots of scope for new dishes: warming soup and rich steak sauces for winter, or delicately-flavoured hand-dived scallops to savour on a long, light summer’s evening.”
Paul developed his understanding of food ingredients at an early age, growing up in St Margaret’s Hope in South Ronaldsay and helping out at the family grocery shop, which his sister now runs. Pauls’ dad Jimmy continued delivering groceries to local people until well into his 70s and was awarded an MBE for his service to the community in 2002. He witnessed the dedicated and long hours of work involved in running a business – ideal preparation for the life he has now chosen at the Foveran.
“From quite a young age I was cooking, preparing meals for everyone coming home and loved baking. I can remember making drop scones at an early age standing on a stool at the aga, knife in hand, flipping them over perfectly!”
When he left school at 16 he knew he wanted to go into catering. He went on to study for professional qualifications, and his first job aged 17 was actually at the Foveran, where he assisted the head chef. He moved on to various jobs in Orkney before returning to take over the Foveran in 2000.
“I like the buzz of a busy night in the kitchen, orders coming in and food being sent. We love to get feedback from customers and there’s nothing better than knowing they’ve enjoyed their meal. Happy customers is what I really appreciate and makes the long hours worthwhile.”
In his (rare!) spare time, Paul enjoys family life, spending time with his daughters, wife and pet pooch Buddy!
“Life is sweet: no driving to work, just pop round the corner, handy for escaping now and again too! I love the peaceful location of the Foveran and the views we see I never tire of – surely a sign that I must love being here. “