CLAIRE MACDONALD

claire macdonaldClaire Macdonald is an award-winning cook and writer, and one of Scotland's best-loved personalities on food and hospitality. She has written 21 cookery books over the last 40 years. She demonstrates around the world and across the length and breadth of Britain - as well as in her own kitchen at Kinloch Lodge on the Isle of Skye.
 
Claire is a self-taught cook. Her enthusiasm and expertise reflect her own passion for good food. She combines a tireless advocacy of local, seasonal produce with a food literacy extended by ongoing research through travel and experience.
Claire is married to Lord Macdonald, Godfrey Macdonald of Macdonald, High Chief of Clan Donald. Together they have run Kinloch Lodge, their Isle of Skye home, as a hotel for four decades. Kinloch is renowned for its fine food and breathtaking setting on the shoreline of Loch na Dal. Kinloch Lodge was the first restaurant on Skye to be awarded a Michelin Star, which it retained for 7 years. The hotel has been cited as one of the world's top 25 small hotels by Conde Naste Traveller magazine.
To celebrate 40 years at Kinloch, Claire has written her 18th book – Lifting the Lid, a Life at KinlochLodge.  This is an autobiographical account of her and Godfrey’s eventful 40 years of running Kinloch.
Claire is an energetic Patron of Scottish Food Fortnight and The Association of Scottish Farmers' Markets.  She is also a patron of Marie Curie in Scotland and fundraises tirelessly. She has been awarded a special Lifetime Achievement Award by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, an honorary doctorate from the University of Abertay and a Lifetime Achievement Award from National Farmers Union.  In 2014 Claire received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list for services to food and charity.

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