Gary McLean Masterchef winner 2016 Gary McLean Masterchef winner 2016

City of Glasgow College Chef Lecturer, Gary MacLean, has taken the title of MasterChef: The Professionals 2016.

His win came after seven weeks battling 47 equally ambitious and determined chefs who put their reputations on the line for this most coveted title.

A delighted City of Glasgow College chef lecturer Gary Maclean said:

“Winning MasterChef: The Professionals is totally unbelievable! The whole experience was remarkable and enjoyable from start to finish. I have met some amazing people, both in front of and behind the camera. The support I have received from family, friends and City of Glasgow College has been humbling.

“Hopefully, taking part has shown that if I can still chase my dreams I can inspire students to start chasing theirs.”

The BBC TV culinary competition culminated in a thrilling final that saw Gary cook the three best courses of his career, against the two remaining contestants. It deservedly saw him crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2016.

City of Glasgow College Principal & Chief Executive, Paul Little, said:

“Our entire college family is absolutely delighted at this very well deserved win. Gary has shown that he is an extremely talented chef as well as a highly respected lecturer. Our students really enjoy his innovative teaching and cooking techniques and having a MasterChef Lecturer will surely enhance their learning experience and encourage them to be the best they can.

“Gary’s commitment to what he loves sums up perfectly what it means to work at City of Glasgow College and I know I speak on behalf of all our staff and students when I say that we are incredibly proud of him and his outstanding achievement.”

Gary Maclean, 45, from Robroyston has been a chef lecturer at City of Glasgow College for 16 years teaching theory and practical lessons NVQ Level 1, 2 and 3 and HND professional cookery. He is married with five children.

His early career was working in hotels where he learned a number of key skills including butchery. At the age of 30 he opened his own restaurant in Glasgow and as head chef challenged himself to regularly create new and exciting menus for his customers. From there he went on to run the kitchens at Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art and the Burrell Collection. Gary has also held executive chef positions at two of Scotland’s biggest independent operators and his current role as Senior Lecturer at City of Glasgow College is what really drives his passion for mentoring other young chefs and creative cooking.