Nick Nairn has to bail out Cook School after burst pipe floods premises

Celerity chef Nick Nairn had to spend the afternoon bailing out after a burst pipe left his cooking academy in Perthshire under 10cm of water.

The TV personality and his wife Julia, who is also his business partner, spent four hours mopping up while a “super hero” local plumber fixed the leak.

He later posted pictures on social media, saying: “What a day - burst pipe and flood at the Cook School spent the afternoon bailing out water. Our local, friendly super hero plumber saved the day - thank you Sir! We have water and we are grateful.”

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The Nick Nairn Cookschool at Port of Menteith, near Callander, which Nick has run for 20 years, is closed at the moment because of lockdown restrictions, but the couple had decided to go and check everything was all right.

He said: "It’s been freezing and some pipes had frozen and we'd had the emergency heating turned right down because the building hasn't been used for a year.

"I had a funny feeling I should go and check it. I said to Julia, ‘Let’s take a trip over to check that all is well with the cook school – just as well we did.”

The 62-year-old, who became the youngest Scottish chef to win a Michelin Star in the early 1990s and has cooked for the Queen, was horrified to find the premises awash with dirty flood water.

He said: "It was four inches deep. The pipes had been frozen and thawed overnight like a hose running. We spent four hours bailing it out brushing it out. I sure do know how to give a gal a good time!"

He said the kitchen and teaching kitchen were both flooded, dishwashers and tumble dryers were “knackered” and there was further damage to the laundry room.

But he added: “It could have been so much worse if we hadn’t found it so quickly.”

Nick, who also runs Nicks in Bridge of Allan and the Kailyard Restaurant at Dunblane Hydro, has been keeping busy during lockdown by filming his At Home With The Nairns cooking classes.

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