We have had the absolute pleasure of working with Scott & his team for a number of years now. Nothing but great laughs when we are working together. Scott has kindly answered a few questions about his services and what they offer.
What is the story behind Scotts Catering Services?
Scott’s Catering has been trading for 12 years now, Scott’s is managed by Scott himself but run his his amazing team, and without them we wouldn’t still be operating today. Some of our staff are young and only worked with us for a year or so and others have been on this great adventure with me and have been by my side for many many years.
My personal background is a young boy who failed at school goes to college to become a chef, Two years later I left and started working at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews. Big job for such a young and naive kid, still only 17 years of age.
Over the next 15 years or so I had the pleasure of working in some amazing establishments, from the Old Course Hotel St Andrews, Grosvenor House Hotel Park Lane London, Old Manor Hotel Lundin Links, Balbirnie House Hotel Markinch, Craigsanquhar House Hotel Fife, Fairmont Hotel St Andrews.
Once I was done working long hours and no family life, I decided I wanted a change in direction, and got a job lecturing hospitality at Forth Valley College in Falkirk and Stirling.
As the next 10 years passed, I realised there was something missing from my life. I missed the buzz and excitement of the commercial kitchen, so while lecturing during the day in the evenings I found myself doing small private dinner parties, which grow into bigger events and then to weddings, Balls, Students Events, Sporting events, and to be honest all kinds of event.
So I decided then to move into the outside catering business full time as the demand was so great.
As the business grew I started purchasing some cutlery, crockery, glassware etc, to help event organisers keep costs down and to make it easier getting it all under one roof.
12 years later we are now in our 5th premises and we continue to grow. With that, our event knowledge is so much better, our delivery is much smoother, our staff are much more experienced and with over 300 different products to hire for your events, our package is much more complete.
What services do you offer?
We offer a one stop shop, with over 12 years in the outside catering business.
We can offer –
Designated Event manager to oversee your event from first meeting to Event Day
Tasting service of menu prior to the event.
Full tour of our premises, showing you all our products and how we operate
Full set up / dressage of the venue and break down at the end.
Event management and front of house staff on the day
Full kitchen team of qualified chefs, porters and logistic staff
Canape receptions, Grazing tables, full dinner service, Evening buffets
Full caterhire available to compliment your event
Most important of all – we only do one wedding a day, you are our main priority for today.
What is your style?
Due to our skills and knowledge we can offer several styles.
3 course plated food menu with a Scottish / French Influence
Family Service – sharing boards / grazing boards / Host The Roast
Street Food Market style Dining
Where does your inspiration come from?
At Scott’s we try to use local produce and suppliers where possible. Food is such a fashion and by the time an event comes around that crave can have already passed. We very much like to listen to our couples and create something around them, while we have many food menus and ideas on offer its so much easier working with the couples and creating something that works for them.
What has been one of your favourite dishes to make?
It’s not about one dish but maybe the style of Cooking, I personally love the street food market theme we can create at Kinkell Byre.
All the stalls are built around the food options on offer, and all the guests get a great dining experience with a twist. Just the faces of the guests as they walk into the food court area is memorable.
Why do you like working at Kinkell Byre?
That’s easy, Everyone at Kinkell has one goal, and that is to make the day the best it can be for all couples. We all get on well and work hard to achieve the same goal, we help out where needed and no one is not prepared to help support each other.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their day?
Everyone should have a checklist.
I would advise all couples to start as early as possible. Find the suppliers you connect with best and who you know will deliver what you’re looking for on your big day.
Don’t be frightened to ask your suppliers lots of questions, Make sure they know exactly what you want your day to be like
How do couples book you and what is your process?
Our process is simple.
Once we have discussed the big day and agreed on quotes etc we send out the agreement papers which couples read, sign and return with the non refundable deposit of £500.
Quotes may change as couples do change their minds on things, or numbers increase or decrease.
Due to the position we are in now with Covid all deposits paid are transferred to a new date if we have to reschedule.