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Crieff Hydro Family of Hotels has appointed Ross Bootland as group executive chef, bringing 25 years’ experience to the role, having worked for renowned hotel groups as well as luxury cruise liners.
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Ross Bootland

Ross will oversee the culinary teams at each of the hotels including Crieff Hydro Hotel and Peebles Hydro Hotel. He will mainly be based in Crieff but will regularly visit the properties in the Borders, Dundee and Glencoe to support and lead the teams.

One of Ross’ main focuses will be recruitment and continuing to build a training programme to help nurture upcoming talent.

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Ross said: “Recruitment has been very challenging across the industry so one of my main objectives will be to hire some fantastic talent into chef vacancies we have across the group

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Richard Hodges

“While the head chefs at each of the hotels will continue to be responsible for creating their own menus, I will be on hand to develop concepts that fit the personalities of each of the hotels. I’m already working on exciting ideas with the team and would love for us to work towards putting one or two of our restaurants forward for AA Rosette Awards.”

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Richard will take responsibility for all trading, as well as leading the rollout of the company's small store format, little dobbies, and growth plans for

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Danilo Blagojevic

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