MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Dean Banks is set to open his first restaurant at the Kinnettles hotel in St Andrews.
Haar is due to open on 5 April on the nine-bedroom property’s ground floor and will serve lunch and dinner offering large and small plates to share using local, seasonal produce. Inspired by its coastal location, the restaurant is named after the cold sea fog that occurs in the area between April and September.
Banks previously worked as a private chef and held a chef de partie role at Number One at the Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh.
He said: “I’m very excited about opening my first restaurant and thrilled that it’s in such an amazing setting like the Kinnettles… I can’t wait to serve fine dining food without the stuffiness of dress codes and tablecloths – it’s going to be a real sensory experience.”
Kinnettles hotel director Fraser Ogston added: “We’re delighted that Dean has chosen Kinnettles as the location for his first venture. His talent and creativity with food are exactly what we were looking for with a partner, and he will be a great asset to the hotel, as well as to the town of St Andrews.”