Andrew Fairlie dies

Chef Andrew Fairlie has died aged 55 following a long illness, his parents have announced.

Andrew’s father Jim Fairlie wrote on Twitter, “It is with enormous sadness and grief that Kay and I announce the death of our beloved son Andrew.”

Mr Fairlie said that his son had “slipped away quietly this morning” and that the chef’s wife, Kate, and family had maintained a vigil for him “for some weeks”.

Andrew, whose Gleneagles restaurant is the only one in Scotland to have two Michelin stars, revealed last November that he had a terminal brain tumour.

Kate Fairlie and his daughters, Ilona and Leah, on behalf of the family, said, “We are utterly heartbroken that Andrew has gone but are so thankful we had this extraordinary man in our lives.

“He was a beautifully kind, generous, loving son, father, husband, brother and friend, and enriched the lives of anybody lucky enough to meet him.”

Andrew, who was first diagnosed in 2005, stepped down from his restaurant in November after doctors told him in June that nothing else could be done for him.

Andrew opened his own restaurant within the Gleneagles Hotel in 2001. It received its first Michelin star eight months later. The restaurant was awarded a fourth AA rosette in 2004, followed by its second Michelin star in 2006. He was named AA Chef’s Chef of the Year the same year.

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