It was way back in the uncertain mists of the Nineties. Or perhaps it was the early 2000s. It was yonks ago, anyway.
Just a slip of a lad back then, Tony was the chef on the yacht and had just won the first of many awards.
It was an early morning interview- possibly not peak time for either of us – and Tony got the ball rolling by rustling up some breakfast. It felt slightly odd to be scoffing bacon sarnies in the Queen’s former dining room.
Anyway, I was sad to see his Oloroso restaurant go under but pleased when Tony subsequently popped up on the Great British Menu and The Incredible Spice Men with Cyrus Todiwala.
Having done various pop-ups, it seems that the irrepressible, Leith-born chef is about to launch his latest, permanent venture.
Tony says ‘I have been searching for a restaurant since the sale of Oloroso and finally I have found it. I will be bringing my own distinctive style of cooking to The Old Bake House, Main Street, West Linton 20 minutes from Edinburgh.’
The Old Bake House’s current owners, Fiona and Steve, are delighted to be passing the reigns over to Tony, saying ‘We have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the last nine and a half years years and couldn’t have wished for anyone better to hand over to. We wish Tony all the best.’
New book: Tasty
Tony will take control of The Old Bake House at the end of April and will be putting his own unique twist on it.
The new restaurant is scheduled to launch at the same time as his new book, Tasty, towards the end of May.