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With a decidedly British focus Alan Murchison holds two Michelin stars at two seperate restaurants ... no mean feat!
Born in Inverness, Murchison left school with no qualifications and got a job as a pot wash to earn beer money. Once he started though he loved the discipline and atmosphere there. He worked extensively at Inverlochy Castle under Graham Newbould and Simon Haigh.
Murchison first worked at L’Ortolan under John Burton-Race – he now owns the restaurant. He then worked with Raymond Blanc for 4 ½ years as both chef and a teacher – he says Raymond’s teachings of cooking and business were invaluable. Alan has been the Chef Patron at L'ortolan since 2001 and Managing Director of Alan Murchison Restaurants Ltd for four years now. There are 28 full time staff under his watch.
In April 2007, Alan bought Claude Bosi's highly acclaimed Hibiscus restaurant in Ludlow and re-opened it as La Bécasse in July 2007. La Becasse was awarded a Michelin Star in 2009 so Alan is the the first British chef ever to have 2 x Michelin Starred restaurants outside London.
Murchison's style of cooking is modern interpretations of classic European. He uses 95% British produce in his 2 restaurants. With regards to British cuisine, Alan believes Britain has the best restaurants in the world and there is a real sense of British identity in them.
Murchison runs L’Ortolan and La Bécasse. Both with 1 Michelin star. La Bécasse awarded Michelin star in Jan 2009... Read more.