Chef Watch Featuring Mathew Sherry of number one, The Balmoral, Edinburgh

Chef Watch

Featuring Mathew Sherry

Head Chef, number one,

The Balmoral, Edinburgh




How long have you been a chef?

15 years, since 2008.

Why did you become a chef?

From a very young age I knew, I just always loved food and wanted to cook.

Favourite ingredient

My favourite seasonal ingredient at this time of year is tomatoes.  We are currently working on a dish that will showcase a selection of Isle of Wight Tomatoes at the start of our Tasting Menu.

Favourite or signature dish

Hand dived Orkney Scallops from our 3 course Dinner Menu and Tasting Menu. We use the whole XL sized scallop including smoked roe and a leek chowder made from the scallop skirts.

Favourite kitchen tool or equipment (apart from sharp knives)

Vitamix (food processor), great for making smooth purees etc.

Food hero(es)

Tom Kitchin, Dominic Jack and also Raymond Blanc whom I really enjoyed meeting at last years Hotel Cateys Awards.

Any food you can’t/won’t eat

I’m allergic to oysters.

Comfort food/guilty secret

Pepperoni Pizza.

If I’m going out to eat, and I can’t get a table at your place, where should I go?

Brasserie Prince here at The Balmoral or I also love local restaurant L’escargot bleu.

Stupidest customer or kitchen experience

It's a challenge for all chefs when we create new menus, dishes or sauces for very specific dietary requirements (in number one we are happy to cater for all dietary needs) but then our guest decides at the last minute they can eat the regular menu.


Mathew was born in Edinburgh. In May 2021 he returned to the city to join number one. As Head Chef  he has led the team to 4 AA Rosettes, La Liste’s top 1000 best restaurants in the world and inclusion in the Michelin Guide.  Prior to Number One Mathew worked with Dominic Jack at Michelin starred Castle Terrace and was Head Chef at Michelin starred Northcote in the Ribble Valley with Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen.

number one offers a truly luxurious dining experience with a seasonal Tasting Menu showcasing the very best local/Scottish and British produce.  They currently tell the story of their favourite flavours of spring with a Tasting Menu, £115 and 3 Course Dinner Menu (Sunday, Monday and Thursday, £85).

Tom Eats! reviewed number one earlier this month. Read it here.










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