Gaucho funnels £1.5m into flagship Edinburgh restaurant venue

Tracey Matthews, group chief operating officer, Matt Ford, marketing director and Jamie Robertson, chef director

An Argentinian steak restaurant is readying for its Scottish flagship launch following a £1.5m refurbishment.

Gaucho is set to make its Scottish debut with the launch of a venue in Edinburgh, which is due to open its doors to customers in mid-November.

The new 120 cover luxury restaurant, which will be based in Edinburgh’s St Andrew Square, will see the creation of 50 new jobs including openings for chefs, front of house and bar staff.

All staff will be inducted into the Gaucho Training Academy, an ongoing commitment to training and development at every level.

The academy, which was set up by chief operations officer Tracey Matthews, sees prospective employees put through a number of product knowledge exams.

Matthews said: “We can’t wait to open the doors and welcome the people of Edinburgh to the Gaucho experience one that combines quality food and great drinks with the highest quality service in an unforgettable environment.”

The launch of the Edinburgh restaurant will also see chef director, Jamie Robertson, return to his home nation.

Robertson, who was born and raised in Bonnyrigg, worked alongside celebrity chef Jamie Oliver before joining Gaucho in 2012; overseeing menu development and supply chain.

Robertson, said: “Being from Bonnyrigg, this is something of a homecoming for me. I’m enjoying the opportunity to create exclusive dishes for our new Edinburgh restaurant that celebrate and fuse the provenance of Argentinian beef with Scotland’s enviable natural larder.

“If there’s one thing Scots know, it’s good beef, so I’m looking forward to bringing Gaucho’s world-famous menu to a home crowd.”

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