New ventures and old habits with chefs Derek Johnstone and Mark Donald


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On this episode of Scran, host Rosalind Erskine sits down to chat about food, career moves, crisps, whisky and nurturing new talent with chefs Derek Johnstone and Mark Donald.Derek, who was the first winner of MasterChef: The Professionals, moved from his role at Borthwick Castle, an exclusive-use venue near Gorebridge to take over and develop three restaurants within the Rusacks Hotel in St Andrews.Also earlier this year, Mark Donald left his role as head chef of the Michelin starred Number One Restaurant at the Balmoral Hotel to take on an executive head chef role at the soon to open Lalique restaurant at The Glenturret Distillery.Mark and Derek talk about their new roles, what diners can expect, how they got into cooking and the career achievements to date.Tune in to hear their food heaven and hell, what to expect from their new restaurants and advice for newcomers to the industry.