Sodexo, the retail and event caterers at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, has appointed Denholm Shiels to the newly created role of Executive Chef.
Shiels has worked for Sodexo over the past 18 years in various roles that have seen him get involved in large scale sporting events. These have included The Open, where he was responsible for overseeing seven restaurants and 40 chefs, as well as the Commonwealth Games where he led a team that delivered the production and service of 34,000 meals daily in the Athletes Village over 16 days. He has also been responsible for managing events across 21 venues in Scotland, ranging from historic properties such as Edinburgh Castle to sporting venues including Hampden Park and Murrayfield.
In this new role at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, he will refresh and enhance the food offering across the three outlets – The Gateway Restaurant, The Terrace Café and the East Gate Lodge Coffee Bar – as well as events across the Garden, including the Caledonian Hall. The focus will be to utilise seasonal produce from the market garden and ensure a strong identity linking the local produce, the Garden and a creative food offering.