Stirlingshire chefs star on TV’s Bake Off: The Professionals


Two chefs from Venachar Lochside restaurant in Callander, which re-opened last week,  appeared in the latest series of Channel 4s Bake Off: The Professionals. Theodore Chana (left) and Neil Ramsey (right), who work in the kitchen for events at the venue alongside their other professional catering roles, reached week five of the show, taking part in a series of technical challenges against some of the most talented pastry chefs in the country.

Theodore (28) from Braco, and Neil (35) from Crieff have worked at Gleneagles Hotel and Wilde Thyme Restaurant and Theodore at Cromlix House, Gidleigh Park Hotel and Kinloch House Hotel.

Theodore said, “One of the biggest challenges was definitely creating a showpiece with 10kg of chocolate and using tools such as a spirit level, chisel and a wire brush to build it!

Venachar Lochside  is managed by Theodore’s fiancée Meghan Haste and staff have implemented procedures to ensure they can continue to operate safely and effectively outdoors across their garden and terrace areas. This has included installing marquees for shelter, drawing up health and safety plans along Scottish Government COVID guidelines, a one-way system in public areas and regular cleaning down of surfaces.