Julia Belgutay

The MasterChef winner who was born to serve

Gary Maclean has become a superstar at the Glasgow college where he teaches

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Standing in the reception area of City of Glasgow College, there is no doubt that Gary Maclean is a celebrity. Visitors turn around as they walk past him in his chef’s whites, and students and staff greet him. His face is now known far beyond the college walls. In December, he was named winner of the BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals – beating restaurant chefs from across the UK to claim the illustrious title.

Maclean admits that going on the show was a risk. “This was the third time I applied,” he says. “I didn’t think I would go out really early. Getting to the final 12, I was happy – I ...

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