Born in Glasgow, 45 year old multi award winning Gary MacLean spent his early career working in hotels where he learned a number of key skills. By the age of 24 he was running the kitchens at Glasgow's Gallery of Modern Art and the Burrell Collection and scooped his first foray into fine dining as Executive Chef in a top Glasgow restaurant at 25. He has been a strategic restaurant consultant helping to launch over 80 establishments across Scotland working for a variety of high profile brands. Gary has also held executive chef positions at two of Scotland's biggest independance operations and his current role as Senior Lecturer at City of Glasgow College is what really drives his passion for mentoring other young chefs and creative cooking.