Liam McKenna from Kate's of Inverurie answers the Citylicious Q&A
about 2 months AGOIain Fenwick
Kate's of Inverurie provide award winning catering for all types of events throughout the north east of Scotland and beyond. Our business is creating unique dining experiences. From intimate dinners to weddings, product launches and corporate events our catering & events team can deliver your vision anytime, anywhere.
"Our approach to outside catering is simple - creating bespoke menus using the finest local produce that Scotland has to offer. "
Why a chef?
Like most chefs I fell into working in the kitchen when I left school. It started as a job and turned into a passion for food and the industry
Who was your mentor?
I am lucky to have had many influences and mentors on my journey in the industry. The first chef I worked for, Paul Whitecross, has been one of my biggest mentors throughout my career.
Where have you worked? I started off at Carnoustie Golf Hotel and have been lucky to work throughout Scotland and abroad. Winning the Scottish Food Scholarship lead to mentorships in Michelin star restaurants. I also spent five years working in Australia developing skills in different areas. Working in a fine dining Japanese restaurant and learning about different types of fusion food popular in Australia.
I have so many people I admire in this industry. But I think that it would have to be the different growers, farmers and producers especially in the north east that supply us with the amazing produce we use in our menus.
Scottish seafood platter
Anything with Goat’s cheese in it
There is an amazing restaurant hidden in one of Melbournes famous laneways called Movida which serves amazing modern tapas and is always spot on.
What’s your style?
Being a caterer allows a freedom to explore and produce different styles of food for individual events. I am classically French trained, but I love to bring in the different influences from my travels and creating both formal and relaxed events.
It would be great to go to Istanbul and work with all of the amazing middle eastern spices.
I told you I wasn’t feeling well