Grant MacPherson

“I believe truly great cooking to be a noble art. It’s an expression of generosity engaging all five senses to elicit a response, generally underpinned by pleasure”
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE
ScotchMyst. Global
Principal
San Manuel Casino. Highland, CA
Chef / Consultant
New Realm Brewing. Atlanta, GA & Virginia Beach, VA
Board Member
The NED. London, England
F&B Advisor
Westgate Las Vegas Resort/Former Las Vegas Hilton. Las Vegas, Nevada
Culinary Director
BB King's Itta Bena. Memphis, TN
Chef Consultant
Merrywell - Crown Hotel. Perth, Australia
Chef - Partner
Merrywell Crown Hotel. Melbourne, Australia
Chef & Partner
The Sandy Lane Hotel. West Indies, St. James, Barbados
Property Chef
Apple Headquaters/Campus. Cupertino, CA
Chef Consultant
Wynn Macau. Macau
Chef
Wynn Las Vegas. Las Vegas, NV
Chef / Operations
Bellagio Hotel. Las Vegas, NV
Founding Executive Chef
The Raffles Hotel. Singapore
Executive Chef
The Regent Hotel. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Restaurant Chef
The Datai Hotel. Langkawi, Malaysia
Chef
The Ritz Carlton. Big Island, Hawaii
Opening Chef
The Regent Hotel - "Kables". Sydney, Australia
Chef De Cuisine
Four Seasons Hotels. Toronto, Canada
Chef
Unicorn. Loire Valley, France
Chef
The Four Seasons Hotel. London, England
Chef
Four Seasons Hotel. Vancouver, Canada
Chef De Partie/ Station Chef
Fairmont Chateau Laurier. Canada
Chef
Niagara Falls Culinary Institute. Niagara Falls, Canada
Culinary - High Honors
BY GRANT MACPHERSON
In the Viking Kitchen
Word of Mouth
New Realm Brewing
Global Ocean Club LLC / Executive Chef
SKILLS & EXPERTISE
BOH operations
Food industry consulting
Kitchen management
Leadership
Time management
Food sanitation
TV/radio guest appearances
Guitar Collector
Hotels, resorts, restaurants
Guest appearances
Brand Ambassador
Development chef
Creation, concept, and development
Customized concept
Business plan
Brand creation
Vendor selection
Contract negotiation
Recruitment
Public speaking
Wynn Macau’s President Ian M. Coughlan describes MacPherson as, “An inspirer, innovator and perfectionist…he leads from the front with a pan in his hand.”
GALLERY
VIDEO

  • L for Local - Stella Artois

  • Chef Grant MacPherson of Rustica at Chef's Cooking Pavilion at the Taste of Newport

  • Interview w/ Chef Grant MacPherson at Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas
DISTRIBUTORS
  • Westgate Resorts & Casinos
  • Stella Artois
  • Live In The Vineyard
  • Elizabeth Blau & Associates
  • James Beard Foundation
  • Steve Wynn
  • Apple inc.
  • The Irvine Company
  • Beech Ovens
  • Jade Range
  • Viking Commercial
  • Sandy Lane Barbados
  • The Light Group
  • InterContinental Hotels IHG
  • BB Kings
  • Crescent Hotel
  • Beringer Napa Valley
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • The Pickle Barrel
  • The Merrywell Perth
  • Verterra Dinnerware
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Harmon
  • Taboo Muskoka
  • Z India Catering Co.
  • American Food 2.0
  • EXPO Milano 2015
  • The Merrywell Melbourne
  • RW Genting
CLIENTS
  • Westgate Resorts & Casinos
  • Stella Artois
  • Live In The Vineyard
  • Elizabeth Blau & Associates
  • James Beard Foundation
  • Steve Wynn
  • Apple inc.
  • The Irvine Company
  • Beech Ovens
  • Jade Range
  • Viking Commercial
  • Sandy Lane Barbados
  • The Light Group
  • InterContinental Hotels IHG
  • BB Kings
  • Crescent Hotel
  • Beringer Napa Valley
  • The Cheesecake Factory
  • The Pickle Barrel
  • The Merrywell Perth
  • Verterra Dinnerware
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • The Harmon
  • Taboo Muskoka
  • Z India Catering Co.
  • American Food 2.0
  • EXPO Milano 2015
  • The Merrywell Melbourne
  • RW Genting
RAVE REVIEWS
Dear Grant, Your role in the launching of Bellagio, Wynn Las Vegas and Wynn Macau was a key ingredient in the wonderful success that each of my three properties has enjoyed. Our personal relationship and the delightful touches of your Scottish heritage have added color and fun to my life. Wishing you every success in your new found opportunities. Good luck and warmest personal regards.
- Steve Wynn

Results speak for themselves... stellar with enthusiasm and flawless delivery, Chef Grant MacPherson has great passion for food and an incredible talent for preparing it!
- Pam Moore - Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival

Bringing Grant to the USA to work with our team at the Bellagio helped define a world class food and beverage program based on hard work and integrity.
- Elizabeth Blau

Hi Grant. You have the "X-Factor". Thanks for everything and lots of luck.
- Simon Cowell

Grant MacPherson is one of the world's greatest chefs. Period!
- Baron Wolman, Rolling Stone Magazine's first chief photographer

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Grant MacPherson
Grant MacPherson
Las Vegas, NV
United States

ScotchMyst
Principal


Chef Grant’s stellar career has spanned five continents, four decades, and some of the world’s most celebrated dining and hospitality destinations. He has cooked adventurous five-star food, developed menus, designed and run kitchens, and built top-notch teams at iconic places including Raffles Hotel in Singapore, Bellagio Las Vegas, Wynn Las Vegas, Wynn Macau, Regent Hotels in Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore, several Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton Big Island, and Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados.

This native Scotsman’s robust embrace of global wanderlust and contrasting cultures is exceeded only by his passion for food and all things culinary. With these come his deep love of the camaraderie of the kitchen, the restaurant, the venue, the life, which has earned him consummate respect for his people and executive skills as well as his mastery as a chef.  MacPherson relishes sharing tales of his colorful experiences, extraordinary mentors, and storied accomplishments so far most recently with Word Of Mouth, a coffee-table volume brimming with mouth-watering photos, recipes, and memoir but is always one to look to the challenges ahead. Now based in Las Vegas, MacPherson keeps up a busy calendar of international festivals and events, and guides his company Scotch Myst, a food and beverage consultancy specializing in designing and executing custom solutions for boutique hotel and restaurant properties worldwide.  Recent endeavors include helming the conversion of the Las Vegas Hilton to the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino with Elizabeth Blau & Associates, partnership and launch of The Merrywell gastro-pubs at both the Crown Perth and Crown Melbourne in Australia, and consulting Chef for Live In The Vineyard, Napa's premiere twice-yearly music, food and wine festival.

In 2013, MacPherson was named Global Culinarian for Beech Ovens, Jade Range and Viking Commercial Range, and he has been Viking Commercial’s Executive Chef since 2010. He also represents the American Pistachio Growers, and recently collaborated with Apple on the late Steve Jobs’ vision for a new campus dining facility in Cupertino.  

Chef Grant MacPherson was born in Dundee in the central lowlands of Scotland, later moving to Johannesburg, South Africa and then Alberta, Canada with his family. His culinary career began in what he calls “the bottom of an endless pile of chicken wings” and a non-stop soundtrack of rock and roll at a southern Ontario restaurant.His talents quickly led to positions at the Four Seasons Hotels in Vancouver, Toronto, and London England. There, he met mentor Chef Serge Dansereau, who brought him to Kables at the Regent Hotel in Sydney, where Dansereau was pioneering Australian cuisine (during MacPherson’s time there, it was Australia’s first hotel restaurant to win “3 hats,” the country’s equivalent of Michelin stars). Soon after came stints at Regent Hotels in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. In 1993, MacPherson accepted a position at Raffles Hotel, the legendary “Grand Old Lady of The Far East,” originally established in 1887. He was part of the team that helped grow Raffles into a multi-property brand with locations worldwide.

 In 1998, MacPherson was recruited by Steve Wynn to head culinary operations at the Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. He spent a decade with the Wynn Organization in Las Vegas and Macau before carving out his own entrepreneurial turf with Scotch Myst Global Food & Beverage Consulting.  Quoted in Word Of Mouth, Wynn Macau’s President and long time hoterlier from the Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental Hotels and Ritz Carlton, Ian M. Coughlan describes MacPherson as, “An inspirer, innovator and perfectionist…he leads from the front with a pan in his hand.” As will always be the case.