Clan Donald Magazine Online Edition
Lady Claire Macdonald of Macdonald
Skye's world-renowned cook and author,
Claire Macdonald has been honoured with a prestigious award in
recognition of her outstanding contribution to Scottish food and
Lady Claire has won the Royal Highland and
Agricultural Society's 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award, one of the
most prestigious in the food industry.
It was introduced in 1998 to recognise excellence,
innovation and quality over a broad span of years to an industry
individual, company or product.
Lady Claire, with her husband and family runs the
Lodge Hotel, in South Skye. It has been her home for the past 32
years and is listed among the 100 best small hotels in the world by
Conde Nast Traveller magazine.
Author of 17 cookery books and a regular contributor
of food articles for newspapers and magazines, Lady Claire has
recently filmed a new 15-part series for the UK Food television
channel which will be aired in Spring 2006. RHASS chairman John
Young said: 'For many years now Claire Macdonald has been a
marvellous ambassador for Scottish food and its variety, seasonality
'Through her own cooking, demonstrating, writing and
broadcasting, she has literally spread the word about one of
Scotland's great assets.'
A delighted Lady Claire said: 'I am extremely
honoured to have been chosen to
receive such an important award. As a cook for many more years than
I care to remember, my philosophy is simple - buy good quality local
produce in the season it should be eaten and taste the difference.
In a constantly changing world, where cooks and food fads come and
go, I am delighted to be recognised for doing something I love. Over
a period of 30 years, I have been happy to share my passion for food
and to be given this award as a result is a very welcome surprise.'
and Agricultural Society of Scotland was founded in 1784 to
promote the regeneration of rural Scotland, as well as the
preservation of its poetry, language and music.
Today, the society is responsible for the annual
Royal Highland Show, held at Ingliston, near Edinburgh.
27 October 2005.
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