Star chef helped greenkeepers at the Open

By Alistair July 29, 2015 03:41 Updated

The greenkeeping team at the Old Course, St Andrews Links, were helped by Michelin star chef Tom Kitchin, as they prepared and worked on July’s 144th Open Championship.

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Tom, who is owner and head chef at award-winning The Kitchin, surprised Old Course manager Gordon McKie and the 60-plus strong greenkeeping team as they returned for a breakfast break after a morning session of preparation on the Old Course.

He spoke to the greenkeepers at the world’s most famous links, outlining some of his experiences in the world’s greatest kitchens and the importance of team work, planning, preparation and, most importantly, enjoying the moment.

The Old Course crew were starting work at 3.30am for morning preparation on the week of the Open, which went on for five days, before returning for another shift later in the day, with many staying onsite 24/7.

Tom said: “I’ve worked in kitchens around the world and been part of some big teams but it’s incredible to see the guys all together and when you look around you can start to appreciate the vast amount of work undertaken, not just this July but years prior with planning and preparation. It’s a phenomenal effort from the guys.”

Course manager Gordon McKie added: “It was a great thrill for everyone to see Tom standing at the kitchen pass when we arrived for breakfast today. There’s a huge sense of pride and honour in where we have the opportunity to work each day and Tom certainly echoed those views. He spoke about working as part of a crew in a kitchen and there are clearly some similarities with how we come together here.”

Tom, the youngest recipient of a Michelin star, got mixed in with the caterers who were delivering meals for the greenkeeping team, helping to prepare breakfast rolls for them.

He joked: “I thought I worked long hours in the kitchen but what the team at the Old Course did is just unbelievable. They all deserve a good rest!”


By Alistair July 29, 2015 03:41 Updated

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