Award-winning cook and food writer, Claire Macdonald is Scotland's foremost exciting ambassador for the revitalised traditions of highland hospitality.
Like many of the greatest cooks, Claire is self-taught and is passionate about home cooking produced with the minimum of fuss and maximum of flavour. Claire's recipes are easy-to-follow,straightforward, and realistic - quintessentially Scottish in taste, but international in appeal.
Claire is the energetic Patron of Scottish Food Fortnight and The Association of Scottish Farmers' Markets. In recognition of her contribution to Scottish food Claire was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland. In 2008 Claire was honoured with an honourary doctorate from Abertay University. In February 2011, Claire was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Scottish Farmers Union.
Mother of four, Claire is married to Lord Macdonald, Godfrey Macdonald of Macdonald, High Chief of Clan Donald. For near four decades, the Macdonalds have run their Isle of Skye home, Kinloch Lodge, as a unique luxury hotel with blazing log fires and ancestral portraits. The hotel is recognised internationally and was cited as one of the world's top 25 small hotels in Conde Naste Traveller magazine.
Claire's 18th book was published in August 2012 - Lifting the Lid, 40 years of Kinloch Lodge
. It is an autobiographical book, going back over her and Godfrey's 40 years of running Kinloch. There are recipes from each of the 4 decades - the book can be bought directly from Kinloch, Claire's website
or through good book shops.
Lady Claire was honoured to be awarded the OBE in the 2014 New Years Honours List for her services to the hospitality industry and for her services to charity in Scotland, most notably for her work with Marie Curie Cancer Care.