John Shields, Head Chef and Executive Director at R34 Restaurant & Café @ India of Inchinnan, has been nominated as New Restaurant Chef of the Year in the Scottish Chef Awards, the most prestigious event in the Scottish culinary calendar. The nomination follows a string of rave reviews for the restaurant which opened late last year in a stunningly renovated A-grade, Art Deco building directly behind Glasgow International Airport just 15 minutes from Glasgow city centre.

Named after the airship that completed the first transatlantic air crossing in both directions in 1919, the R34 was constructed on the site where the restaurant is now located. Under Head Chef and Executive Director John Shields’ culinary philosophy of producing simple food using the finest, fresh ingredients, R34 Restaurant & Café @ India of Inchinnan offers unpretentious classic British food with a twist and a rustic edge. Mr Shields, said, “I’m delighted to receive a nomination for the Scottish Chef Awards so soon after opening. I believe the nomination stands as testament to all our hard-working staff at R34. Opening a new restaurant in the face of a recession is challenging, but we have confidence that diners will always have an appetite for freshly prepared dishes available at sensible prices in a special location.”

Mr Shields can boast extensive and varied culinary experience and expertise. Born in Glasgow, John began his career as a chef at The Buttery, at a time when it came to be recognised as one of the best restaurants in the country. John then spent two years at the Albany Hotel as Chef De Partie, where he further developed his classic French cuisine training before moving to the Townhouse Hotel as Head Chef, during which time the restaurant was awarded two AA rosette awards for its outstanding cuisine. He then moved east to further develop his culinary expertise at the Michelin Bib accredited Pompadour restaurant in the Caledonian Hotel, Edinburgh.

After the Pompadour, John relocated to the west coast of America to work as Head Chef in a catering company in North California and Idaho. During his time in the States, he produced a variety of pan pacific fusion dishes, mixing his classic French cuisine skills with pan pacific cuisine to create new and exiting dishes. His skill set was broadened further as America’s strong Hispanic culture enabled him to study and create authentic Hispanic style cuisine.

John then travelled further east to Ohio where he worked at the Ritz-Carlton before moving on to a large catering company for a number of years. On returning to his native Scotland, John worked in the AA rosette winning Lodge on Loch Lomond for some time, then the innovative Air Organic restaurant in Glasgow before joining R34 Restaurant & Café @ India of Inchinnan.

R34 Restaurant & Café @India of Inchinnan is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5.30pm (with last orders at 9.30pm on a Thursday and 10.30pm on Friday and Saturday) and Lunch on Saturday 10am till 5pm and Sunday from 11.30am till 5pm. R34 Bistro is open Monday to Friday from 8am till 5pm. Breakfast is served from 8am till 10am; lunch from 12 noon till 2pm and afternoon tea from 2pm till 5pm.

The 13th Annual Scottish Chef Awards 2009 will take place at a gala dinner at the Radisson Hotel in Glasgow on Sunday May 10.

ENDS For further information please contact Greig Hutcheson tel 0141 533 4069 Issued on behalf of R34 Restaurant & Cafe @ India of Inchinnan by Liquorice Media tel 0141 564 8058 Date: 1st May 09