Old Man of Storr on the Isle of Skye in Scotland

Marcello Tully

Marcello Tully

I was born in Maceio in Brazil but came to England with my Scottish father and two brothers at the age of 7 when my parents separated.

My first school was Lena Gardens in Shepherd’s Bush, London before moving out of London to Gerrards Cross, where I attended St Bernard’s Secondary School in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. After school I went to Aylesbury College and studied City & Guilds General Catering for two years. Early in my career Albert Roux took me under his wing at Chez Roux, the first UK restaurant to feature sous vide techniques. After six years under Roux, I moved into the catering industry, developing high-end dishes for the luxury airline industry.

We relocated to Skye just over 10 years ago when my dear friend Claire Macdonald asked if I knew anyone that could take the reins of the kitchen at Kinloch Lodge Hotel and turn the restaurant into fine dining and I am now Chef Director. What keeps me passionate about the job is the fresh and bountiful produce but most of all, the compliments from guests and making people happy with my food! My hobby is photography. I fell into this wonderful past-time, taking shots on my phone for various social media posts and haven’t stopped snapping away since.

I live with my family in Broadford. My wife Claire, who also studied catering, works alongside me at Kinloch Lodge. We have two teenage boys, Max and Alex, and our newest addition to the family is Misty, our border collie puppy, an absolute handful but loveable!

I love Skye for the fresh air and the stunning scenery, I never tire of it. The people are warm and friendly and take time to talk to one another, which can be rather unheard of in some busy cities. The freedom our two boys have enjoyed from a young age, they were 7 and 5 ‘wee nippers’ has been so wonderful. We do a lot of walking, mainly to tire out young Misty but also to keep active!