After winning MasterChef: The Professionals in 2016, Gary Maclean will be the first to wear the Scottish government's new crown. His job is to celebrate Scottish produce and teach how to make the most of locally-sourced, healthy, sustainable and affordable food. Gary will continue in his role as Senior Lecturer at the City of Glasgow College as he takes on his new role.
As a passionate advocate for cooking fresh, nutritious and locally-sourced food, I am absolutely delighted to be appointed Scotland's first National Chef. Gary said.
Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy Fergus Ewing said:
The appointment of Gary Maclean as our National Chef will play a central role in celebrating the rich larder of produce that we have available and advocate the use of locally sourced, healthy, sustainable and affordable food.