The devoted head chef at Stormont Lodge care home in Perthshire, Scotland has become an online sensation. This was after photos of his haute cuisine-inspired dishes went viral on the internet. Kevin Nairn, 42, is so well-loved by the elderly residents of Stormont Lodge and it’s easy to see why. You only need to see his mouthwatering dishes that look like something you would only see in fancy restaurants.
Kevin wouldn’t have imagined that his culinary prowess would receive worldwide recognition. But right after his younger sister Yvonne shared photos of his dishes online, he finally earned the commendation he deserves. Yvonne also works in a nursing home. So, she always turns to her brother for some food ideas to cater for the needs of their elderly residents. When Kevin sent her photos of the dishes he made at the home, she thought of sharing them online for the world to see.
Meet Kevin Nairn, the head chef at a care home who serves restaurant-style dishes to the elderly residents
After her post went viral, many people want to know more about Kevin. Although his culinary talent is good enough for Michelin-starred restaurants, Kevin is currently happy serving at the home. And the main reason why Yvonne shared her brother’s dishes online is to let people see the happiness that her brother brings to the elderly residents.
“Kevin is overwhelmed by all the positive comments that everyone has left. We both hope that his ideas and recipes will inspire others to try out new things within the kitchen,” Yvonne said.
Kevin’s younger sister shared photos of the food he makes for the residents and people are absolutely impressed
Kevin has been a chef since 1995 and his first gig was at a hotel outside of his town. When he got married in 2005, he and his wife Heather went to New Zealand on a working visa for a year-long honeymoon. He worked as a chef for a retirement home while they were there. The devoted chef found this job very rewarding and he just loved seeing how his dishes put a smile on the residents’ faces. After a year, the couple had to return to Scotland. Coincidentally, the Stormont Lodge care home was in need for a head chef at that time.
“The best part of working in care is the interaction with the residents,” he explained. “We plan the menus together and we even have tasting sessions which is great fun. The residents always look forward to their meals and it feels good to know that they have had a lovely home-cooked meal.”
Take a look at Kevin’s high-end dishes ranging from crème brulee and venison to lasagne and hotel-standard afternoon tea.
Goats Cheese & Mined Pea Filo Pastry Tart
Mozzarella Sticks & Chili Dip
Red Onion and Brie Tart
Stuffed Tomato and a Therapeutic Level 4 Version
Free Standing Creme Brûlée with Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream and a Brandy Snap Disc
High Tea Cakes
Creamy Mushrooms on Homemade Ciabatta
Orkney Caramel Shortbread
Brioche Cinnamon Rolls
Venison and Cumberland Sauce
Duck and Fondant Potato
Salmon and Scrambled Eggs
Pidgeon with Puy Lentil Fondant Potato
Salmon and Monkfish Terrine
Scallops with Blood Orange Mash
Apple Strudal Flan and Apple Charlotte
“Everything on the right plate is puréed”