Hotel porter returns as head chef

The head chef of the White Horse Inn, Andy Jeffrey
The head chef of the White Horse Inn, Andy Jeffrey

The White Horse Inn in Balmedie has welcomed back a chef that began his catering career as an adolescent kitchen porter at the establishment.

The hotel and eatery’s new head chef, Andy Jeffrey (40) brings a wealth of experience to the place where his career started.

Andy was just 12 when he went along to the hotel to ask for a job opportunity that would give him some extra pocket money.

He was offered a role scrubbing, cleaning and prepping in the kitchen, and Andy grabbed the chance, working after school and the weekends until he started college to start training as a chef.

As a promising young culinary star, Andy left the White Horse Inn to become head chef at the Belvedere Hotel in Stonehaven, before making the move to the Queens Hotel in Aberdeen.

The hotel was later bought over by Malmaison, but Andy stayed on to gain valuable experience.

This led him on a path to opening Malmaison and Hotel du Vin venues around the UK.

After making his return to the North East, Andy has worked from Edzell to Pitlochry in hotels and restaurants in Head and Souis chef roles.

Andy said: “My father lives just round the corner from the White Horse Inn and I was in here one night and began talking with the owner, Euan Bain.

“I was looking for a new opportunity closer to my roots and now I can make a return to where it all began.

“The culinary scene has changed so much since I first entered a kitchen but the ethos of the White Horse Inn remains the same – good food from local sources.”

Andy added: “It’s extremely exciting to come back here.

“There are still some guests that I remember seeing when I was a young lad, their kids are coming back as adults with their families.

“The White Horse is known for its fantastic food and I’m proud to carry on that tradition.”

The White Horse Inn on Old Road has been serving both local residents and visitors of Balmedie for over 40 years.