Masterchef star Andrew Fairlie dead after cancer battle

Masterchef star Andrew Fairlie dead after cancer battle

Andrew Fairlie's family confirmed he had passed away at the age of 54 earlier this morning.

He helped create one of the country's top eateries at Gleneagles back in 2001.

The plush Restaurant Andrew Fairlie regularly attracts guests from all over the world.

But the Perth native and Celtic fan, who was battling terminal cancer, revealed that he quit the kitchen for health reasons back in November.

He fought the devastating illness since 2005.


The sad news was confirmed by Andrew's dad Jim who released a short statement on Twitter.

He said: "It is with enormous sadness and grief that Kay and I announce the death of our beloved son Andrew.

"His wife Kate and his family have kept vigil with him for some weeks.

"He slipped away quietly this morning but his many achievements & memory will live on."

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon paid tribute to Andrew on twitter this morning.

She said: "I’m so sorry to hear that Andrew Fairlie has died.

"My deepest condolences to his family. Andrew is gone far too soon, but his achievements will always be remembered and his legacy will inspire the next generation of world class chefs.

"It was a privilege to know him."


And Celtic issued a tribute on social media earlier this morning.

A host of other famous faces also posted emotional messages on social media.

Andrew, described as a kitchen genius by fans, said in November that he bid an emotional farewell to his beloved venue as he feared he would be a "liability" because of his brain tumour entering its terminal phase.

He told The Times: "Giving up my restaurant kitchen was the hardest part of all.

“I gathered the staff and told them I was stepping down.

"The fact that I’ll never be back, never have that buzz and atmosphere of the kitchen again, was very emotional.

“But it’s dangerous for me to be there. I’d just be a liability if I kept hanging around.”

Andrew revealed that he was discharged from the Beatson Cancer Centre in Glasgow last June.

There was no further treatment available to the world famous chef.

And medics prescribed steroids to reduce the swelling around the tumour.


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