Gary is a hit at charity dinner

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Top chef Gary Maclean was the guest speaker at the second successful HIT the Rock dinner which was held at The Douglas Hotel in Brodick on Saturday night.

The event was a fundraiser for the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland, a charity whose mission is to assist people to achieve their potential within Scottish hospitality. The 80 guests were piped in by young James Reid of Lamlash, to a drinks reception sponsored by Kinloch Hotel. They then received table gifts from Arran Distillers, before enjoying a delicious four course dinner provided by The Pierhead Tavern (starter), Auchrannie Resort (main course), Brakes and Taste of Arran (dessert and cheeseboard). Tea and coffee were served with James of Arran chocolates.

There was a raffle with some excellent prizes, and a grand auction which generated a large proportion of the monies raised – £8,500 in total.

Guests then enjoyed hearing from Masterchef, The Professionals winner Gary Maclean, who told the company of the changes in his life since winning the award in 2016, with some amusing anecdotes along the way. The multi-award winning Glasgow chef, who is currently senior lecturer at the City of Glasgow College, said he has travelled all over the country and to different parts of the world since winning the title and is now planning his first cookery book.

Since 1994 HIT Scotland has helped those training to enter the industry and those already within, to realise their full potential. This is achieved through bursaries, scholarships and other industry initiatives. The scholarships and bursaries nurture local, Scottish talent – developing international business awareness and helping  fulfil the aim of making Scotland the greatest hospitality nation in the world. Many staff on Arran have benefitted from HIT scholarships, bringing new skills learned back into local business on the island, and many more can do so.

Everyone working in tourism-based business on Arran can apply on the HIT website http://www.hitscotland.co.uk/ and the closing date is Friday November 24, 2017.

The chefs who prepared the dinner for the guests take a bow. 01_B45hit01

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Gary entertains the audience at the dinner. 01_B45hit03