We’ve been getting so many tutorials from Chef Andy recently and decided it was time to get to know him! So enjoy this bio written by Hospitality Coordinator Sara Mele.
Let me introduce you Andrew McDougall, one of our longest-standing chef lecturers at the West Lothian College where he teaches Professional Cookery.
His passion for cooking started when he decided to attend the ‘Introduction to Hospitality’ course at Motherwell College, the rest is history!
Andy particularly enjoys Fusion Cuisine but loves Scotland’s natural larder. When not at work, Chef Andy’s favorite pastime is looking after his garden at home and spending time with his friends and family and cooking with some of his own very produce!
But cooking and gardening are not his only hobbies, he loves going sailing on the West Coast with his brother during the summer, having dinner with their most recent catch and watch the sunset while sipping a wee dram (it’s alright for some!)
Which chef do you admire most and why?
Before TV Chefs were a thing I looked up to Geroges Auguste Escoffier, a French chef, restaurateur and culinary writer who popularized and updated French cooking methods. The man who all aspiring classically trained chefs followed, the founder of modern cookery.
Another chef I truly admire is Raymond Blanc. I love his scientific approach to cooking! I particularly enjoyed his TV programs Blanc Mange and the more recent one Kitchen Secret which is also a book.
Check out some of his recipes: https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/programmes/b00yk23k/episodes
But Keith Floyd is really the one who inspired me the most with his light comic deliveries. Mostly a television personality, he hosted cooking shows for the BBC and published many books combining cookery and travel, a real Bon Viveur!
What’s your comfort food of choice?
It has to be a bacon sandwich or bacon and egg roll.
What’s a cooking gadget you can’t live without?
It’s my Kenwood Mixer at home with all the attachments and the Robot Coupe at work.
You can see Chef Andy’s tutorials here.