Barcaldine Castle Welcomes New Chef John Larkins

If you follow our blog or social media or if you’ve treated yourself to a stay at our luxury castle you’ll know that we have you spoilt for choice in the food department – offering delightful Afternoon Tea sessions, and hearty Scottish breakfasts (or lighter alternatives, including a Gluten Free menu) to keep guests going throughout the day. However, we are pleased to announce that we’ll soon be expanding our food services to offer a full à la carte evening menu for guests and visitors alike to feast on!

Introducing New Chef John Larkins…

New Chef John LarkinsAnd how are we able to offer this exciting (and tasty!) new addition to our services, we hear you ask? We’re thrilled to announce experienced and talented chef John Larkins (pictured) will be joining our team full-time after previously dazzling our wedding and exclusive use clients!

A Scottish native himself, John has been perfecting his culinary skills since leaving school, having accumulated a wealth of cooking experience by working with French, Scottish, Italian and Spanish chefs throughout his career to date.

John reveals: “my mentor was a great Scottish Chef who taught me some of the French Classics, which started with the Five Mother Sauces; at the same time my inspiration also comes from Raymond Blanc [an accomplished French chef].”

As his cooking career has gone from strength to strength, John has adopted his own unique and special culinary style whilst sticking to the fundamental laws of cooking. His infectious passion for creating delectable dishes has seen him work the way up to Head Chef positions so we know our diners’ taste buds are in safe hands!

Taste, natural colours and texture are so important; therefore, it is vital to use local and in-season produce and build a menu around those types of ingredients, whilst keeping your menu choice limited and changeable,” John explains.

“I love presentation and design, it is so important to marry aesthetics with beautiful food,” he adds.

Sharing his motivations for creating delicious plates, John says: “knowing you have created and presented a symphony of joy in your restaurant where your customers obtain an unforgettable and amazing dining experience brings true satisfaction, which is always my aim.

“Every day is a school day, you are always learning and always from each other [in a kitchen].”

And when he’s not cooking up the ultimate dining experience for our guests and visitors?

“It’s true I have a great passion for food but during my free time I love my golf”, John admits. “My other interests are singing, garden design and sunshine holidays (especially Crete in Greece).” – we don’t blame him!

What Castle Manager and Host Abbie has to say…

“Daniel and I are super excited to have John join our team. We already know that his food exceeds expectations and he has the amazing ability to transform even the simplest of dishes.

“The feedback we have received over time has been phenomenal and we always knew that he could easily become part of our Barcaldine family and help us grow the business in an exciting way.

“Like ourselves, John shows true love and passion within his work and the hospitality trade – which is very important to us here. We can’t wait to get started and be able to offer our guests more than just a Luxury Bed and Breakfast, but a full experience.”