The Chef’s Theatre at The Kitchen Garden

Drop in daily to The Kitchen Garden and pick up top tips from a range of the finest chefs in the country who will be cooking up great delicious and healthy meals that you can then try out at home. Find out what’s on the menu.

Gary MacLean

Born in Glasgow, multi-award winning chef Gary Maclean spent his early career working in hotels. As head chef of a gastro pub at 21 he challenged himself to create new and exciting menus . From there he went on to run the kitchens at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art and the Burrell Collection.

In December 2016 he was crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2016, after taking on 47 professional chefs in the pursuit of gastronomic glory. There was only one king of the kitchen and he touched the hearts of the UK audience.

Gary’s current role as Senior Lecturer at City of Glasgow College is what really drives his passion for mentoring young chefs.

Jimmy Lee

Glasgow born celebrity chef Jimmy Lee was first introduced to the world of TV as a regional finalist on BBC’s Great British Menu. His charm, infectious smile and enthusiasm for Asian food quickly caught the eye of media and foodies alike across the UK.

He started working in his dad’s takeaway when he was 16 and over the years has gone onto win 'Scottish Personality Chef of the Year' at the 2018 Scottish Food & Drink Awards and he runs award winning Lychee Oriental in Glasgow.

He is a regular on STV's 'Live at Five' and co-presented the cookery show 'Julie and Jimmy's Hot Woks', appeared on BBC's Great British Menu and was a judge alongside food writer Prue Leith and two-Michelin star Chef Michael Caines on season 1 of Channel 4's 'My Kitchen Rules'.

John Quigley

John Quigley's roller coaster career started in London’s West End where he quickly established himself and gained a reputation for excellent casual gourmet dining. He then took the opportunity to travel the world as a private chef to rock stars and celebrities such as Bryan Adams, Tina Turner and Guns n Roses.

Since returning to Glasgow John has opened and established numerous restaurants, in particular his Glasgow restaurant – Red Onion.

At Red Onion he has created an extensive menu and believes in using the finest local produce combined with the many flavours he has experienced on his extensive world travels.

Karon Grieve

Karon Grieve is the author of 4 cookbooks; So Easy Herbal, So Easy Christmas, Simply Scottish Cakes & Bakes and A Wee Taste Of Scotland.

She has worked as Herb and Homecrafts Expert for ITV’s The Hour and is a regular food and home expert for BBC Radio Scotland. Karon is a regular food demonstrator at some of Scotland’s best-known food and drinks events, including Country Living Fairs, Homes & Interiors Scotland, Gardening Scotland and Edinburgh Foodies Festivals. She is a food blogger and social media and online editor for the Chefs @ School government-backed food education project.

Nico Simeone

Born in Glasgow, to Italian parents, Nico was raised in a family of Mediterranean foodies.

His career has included stints at Michelin starred Number One at Balmoral and working as part of the brilliantly talented team at Brian Maule’s acclaimed, Chardon d’Or.

In 2015 Nico opened 111 by Nico. His philosophy was to create a unique fine-dining experience  whilst simultaneously launching an apprenticeship programme to offer young people that have faced challenges in life the drive and the tools needed to become top chefs themselves.

Nico’s strong work ethic means that he is always challenging his skills as both a chef and restaurant operator. This is what has lead him and his team to embark on 'Six by Nico' which opened in Glasgow in 2017 and more recently in Edinburgh.

Yasmin McDonagh

Yasmin’s family comes from the Pakistani Punjab where facilities were basic but food was abundant. It was grown on the family farm, cooked simply and spiced with the creativity that comes from generations of understanding flavour. It’s one pot cooking of the very best kind.

Yasmin has always taught authentic Punjabi food the way she learnt from her mum, her aunties and Ammi-ji, her gran.

Yasmin started her cookery school in 2006, and was joined by her business partner Pauline in 2012. when they launched Your Authentic Punjabi Curry Kit.

Marie-Clare James

Marie-Clare’s love of food has been with her as long as she can remember. Early childhood memories are of spending a great deal of time in the kitchen with an everlasting pot of homemade soup that sat on the cooker.

At Scottish Chefs her favourite job is organising the cookery demos and chef competitions.  She loves watching the chefs cooking and started to pitch in which led to her running her own demos. Now she works all over the country organising cookery events.

Her real passion is teaching and a large part of her work is as the Project Manager for the Chefs@School project. She understands that the future health and wellbeing of society depends on teaching children about eating well and cooking.

Hardeep Singh Kohli

Hardeep is a much respected and award winning broadcaster, writer and chef and is also an experienced comedian who tours the country and sells out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe.

He can be heard on BBC Radio 4, hosting shows such as Sketchtopia, Hardeep's Sunday Lunch and Pick Of The Week as well as regularly fronting programmes for BBC Radio 2, BBC World Service and BBC Asian Network.

Hardeep was a presenter for TalkRadio in the UK and he was an interviewer on BBC1's Sunday Morning Live and is a regular on Channel 5's The Wright Stuff as both a panellist and guest host.