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to the Stars
to the stars Andy Sprott has come home to Stranraer to launch
his latest venture and recalled the time when he cooked for
one of the most famous men in the world.
a globe-trotting career, Andy cooked for the rich and famous
in some of the world¹s top hotels and cruise ships.
perhaps his biggest challenge was when he landed the job of
cooking one of the first meals Nelson Mandela had after being
released from prison. That was back in 1990 when the man who
would go on to become President of South Africa was released
from the prison cell in which he had spent 27 years. Andy
was working in the kitchen at the Landrost Hotel in Bloemfontein,
South Africa, at the time.
to the Free Press this week, he told of the high hopes
he has for his new restaurant in Stranraer and recalled some
of the big names he has cooked for in the past. He
was certainly a bit of a surprise the day we heard Nelson
Mandela was coming in, but it was nothing we could not cope
was one of the first meals he had after being released from
the prison. President
F. W. de Clerk was there too, but I am relieved to say everything
actually cooked for a lot of famous people while I was there.
Two of the others which spring to mind are Rod Stewart and
Tina Turner who stayed at the hotel when they were out there
following the career which has taken him from the US to South
Africa, Andy has returned home to Stranraer to launch the
New Orleans Steak House in the town's Hanover Street. Having
been a chef since the age of 15, he first had the idea of
starting up such a venture some time ago. He said:
was a chef in Florida Keys over ten years ago when the idea
first started going round in my head.
came back to Stranraer just after that, but then I spent
years working all over the world on cruise ships."
is only recently, therefore, that Andy has had the chance
to put his plans for an eaterie in Stranraer into motion.
He says of The New Orleans Steak House, which opened its doors
for business last month,
you get here is good quality food without having to worry
about where to hang your hat! We have tried to get it looking
authentic with regard to the decor. But although the quality
of the food is first class we have tried to create a relaxed
and unintimidating atmosphere".