Chef has all the right ingredients

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A chef from Bearsden hopes that he will be able to create the recipe for success when he competes in a popular TV cookery show.

Stephen McLaughlin, a former Boclair Academy pupil, is going to be up against some of the nation’s top chefs in series nine of the BBC’s Great British Menu.

They have all been given the task of creating a banquet to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Stephen, who is known as Stevie, is currently the head chef at Michelin Star restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles Hotel in Auchterarder.

He joined the restaurant in 2001, where he started as sous chef and progressed to head chef.

The restaurant has increased its AA Guide rating to four rosettes and been promoted to two Michelin stars.

Throughout his career, Stevie has worked in kitchens including The Waterside Inn, The French Laundry, Le Gavroche, The Capitol, Nico at 90 Park Lane and most recently Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester.

Stevie’s grandfather was in the Merchant Navy and was on the Donaldson liner, Athenia, which was torpedoed by a German submarine within a few hours of war being declared.

His menu is about celebrating British cuisine and playing homage to people involved in the war.