Calum was born and raised in Portree on the Isle of Skye and started working in kitchens at the age of 14 and then trained at the City of Glasgow under the watchful eye of MasterChef: The Professionals Winner Gary Maclean. Calum has worked at notable restaurants Kinloch Lodge and Ullinish Lodge and spent time at the Two Michelin Star Restaurant Frederikshoj in Denmark where he found great inspiration for his own cooking and took home a deeper respect for ingredients.
In 2017, Calum and his family took the plunge and bought a 16th century derelict hunting lodge, which we now know to be Edinbane Lodge. Following a complete renovation, the restaurant opened in August 2018 and four bedrooms in May 2019, which was awarded Five AA Gold Stars for its accommodation and Three Rosettes for Calum’s food, demanding recognition beyond its local area. In September 2022, Calum and Edinbane Lodge were awarded the elusive four AA Rosettes for its food, making it the only restaurant in the entire Highlands, and amongst the elite 2% of UK restaurants, to attract such accolade.
Calum’s deep respect for ingredients together with an appreciation for culinary traditions and heritage makes Calum a truly exceptional chef. His menu at Edinbane Lodge explores the true taste of Skye and experiments with the Isle’s natural larder using traditional preservation techniques to enjoy them throughout the seasons in different guises. Sourcing produce only from a community of family and friends who share the same values and commitment to the produce as Calum makes the most of the island’s crofts, seas, and artisan production and make sure they are protected, preserved, and enhanced for the future generations.
Calum’s process is grounded in his commitment to the produce and to the craft. Every dish served is imagined and created in the Lodge kitchen; much like it was for many generations at the Lodge when self-sufficiency and culinary invention were not choices but, an absolute necessity.
Calum competed in the Scotland region of BBC’s Great British Menu 2022, Edinbane Lodge was awarded Restaurant of the Year in the 2023 Scottish Excellence Awards and Calum was a finalist in the Chef of the Year category. Calum is also a regular on the festival circuit, participating in cooking demonstrations at The Highland Food and Drink Festival, Royal Highland Show, Scotland’s Larder Live, Skye Live and Foodies Festival.