Head chef Graham hangs up his ladle

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After 35 years mindfully manning the kitchen at Banchory’s Burnett Arms, Graham Strachan has hung up his chef’s hat.

He began his working career aged just 17, part-time at the Burnett and the rest spent at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

It was during his time at ARI that Graham cooked up a right royal treat for the Queen Mother who was in hospital after she had a fishbone stuck in her throat.

He was made head chef of the Burnett Arms in 1987.

Graham has now sold his house in Banchory’s Silverbank and is looking forward to moving to Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides.

Colleagues old and new were at the Burnett to bid farewell to Graham over a few drinks on Sunday (August 18)

Robert Melvin, one of the partners at the Burnett Arms, said: “(He’s) been the head chef the entire time I’ve been here. He has a very good reputation and lots of loyal customers. He will be sorely missed.”