Mark Greenaway of Restaurant Mark Greenaway in Edinburgh was the only chef in Scotland to be newly awarded 3 AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence in 2012, his commitment and drive place him in the very top tier of Scottish chefs. Restaurant Mark Greenaway has held its 3 AA Rosettes every year since 2013, and has now been named number 13 in the UK by Square Meal in their 2016 list of the top 100 restaurants. It has also been voted Best Restaurant runner up in the Observer Food Monthly awards in 2013, 2015, 2016.
Mark is an ambassador for Scotland Food and Drink and played a key role in supporting the year of food and drink 2015. He works closely with Seafood Scotland and in March 2016 he joined them at the Seafood Expo North America in Boston.
In January of 2017 Mark appeared on BBC1's Saturday Kitchen, and throughout 2015 Mark appeared as a weekly guest chef on STV Edinburgh's The Fountainbridge Show. In 2014 Mark appeared live as a guest on BBC's Newsnight and as a guest chef on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch. In April 2012 Mark represented Scotland on BBC2's Great British Menu and appeared again in the 2013 series. In early 2013, Mark mentored a group of teenagers from Linlithgow Academy in Scotland as they endeavoured to launch a healthy take-away business for Teen Canteen. This was filmed for a 3-part documentary series that was aired on BBC2 in November 2013.
2016 has seen the launch of Mark's first cookbook, Perceptions - Recipes from Restaurant Mark Greenaway. Featuring recipes that defy the often misrepresented reputation of Scottish cuisine, the philosophy behind the book is to challenge the perception of Scottish food forever by championing the world-class array of Scottish produce through fresh eyes, new techniques and beautiful recipes for the discerning cook.
Throughout 2014 and 2015 Mark was a weekly columnist for the Edinburgh Evening News and was a guest chef columnist for Scotland Now in September 2014.
With a passion for Scottish ingredients, Mark uses only the very best local, seasonal produce, transforming them with modern techniques. Mark's signature style is desserts; a visit to Restaurant Mark Greenaway is an invitation to indulge in dessert.
With a career beginning in Scotland in 1992, Mark then went on to gain valuable experience during a 5-year stint in Australia, working at some of the nation's top establishments. On his return to Scotland, Mark continued his profession at One Devonshire Gardens in Glasgow, Kilcamb Lodge Hotel in Strontian and The Dryburgh Abbey Hotel in the Scottish Borders. Away from the kitchen, Mark has taught at Braehead Cook School and the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, as well as giving regular cookery demonstrations at food events including Foodies Festival, Taste of Edinburgh, Scottish Home Show, Gardening Scotland, BBC Good Food Show, Ideal Home Show Scotland, IFE, The Speciality and Fine Food Fair, The Scottish Chefs Conference and Eat, Drink, Discover Scotland.
Throughout his career Mark has continued to support charities, for 2016 Mark Greenaway is an ambassador for Cyrenians. In 2015 he was a patron for Bowel Cancer UK. In 2014 he worked with Marie Curie Cancer Care to raise awareness of their Blooming Great Tea Party. He has previously worked closely with Barnardo's Scotland (2013), Breakthrough Breast Cancer (2013) and MacMillan Cancer (2012) and continues to see this as a large part of his work. Mark has been an ambassador for the Prince's Trust, helping to train and support young people looking for a start in the hospitality industry. Mark has worked with Young Scot to bring school-leavers aged between 16 and 18 into his kitchen for work experience as well as hosting regular stages for chefs from other restaurants. He also encourages his own chefs to take time off to gain further experience in the UK and beyond.
Awards and Accolades
Gourmand Awards - Best Cookbook in the World in the Chef Category 2017
Scottish Food Awards 2017 - Best Contemporary Dining Destination
Observer Food Monthly Awards - Runner-up best restaurant in 2013, 2015, 2016
Square Meal - Ranked number 13 in the top 100 UK restaurants 2016
The AA Awards - 3 AA Rosettes for Culinary Excellence held since 2013
Notable Wine List - AA Guide 2016
Recommended in the Good Food Guide 2016
Recommended in the Michelin Guide 2016
Observer Food Monthly Awards 2015 - Best Restaurant: Runner-up
i-On Food and Drink reader awards 2014 - Highly Recommended
Restaurant Magazine - Top 100 UK Restaurants 2014
Scottish Hotel Awards 2011 'Rising Star Chef of the Year 2011'
Scottish Style Awards 2011 'Scotland's Most Stylish Restaurant'