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JASON HENDERSON is hoping 16 years of globetrotting will help him add a continental flavour to a Crieff hotel and spa. Jason, 33, took over the reins at Knock Castle at the end of last year and is spearheading a refurbishment programme that will make the hotel one of the area's top destinations.

JASON joined the Queen's Own Highlanders and was shipped to Northern Ireland on his 18th birthday. He served in America and Canada before leaving the Army.

After retraining as a chef, he worked in hotels and restaurants in Spain and France.

He said: "People used to always ask me why I moved about so much but I'm a firm believer that travel broadens the mind.

"I speak Spanish and French plus a bit of Czech and German. You can learn so much from speaking to people from different parts of the world. The first phrase I learned when I was working in Spain was 'Por que no?', which means 'Why not?'."

Jason was head chef for a ski holiday operator which had chalets in the French Alps. He returned to Scotland last year to fulfil an ambition to set up his own posh venue.

He said: "I looked at 200 properties but when I saw Knock Castle in Perthshire, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. It was a real wow moment and I knew I had found what I was looking for."

Jason is overseeing a major renovation that will transform the 33-bed hotel and spa.

He said: "I would urge anyone to work abroad. There is no point being stuck in a rut when there are so many opportunities out there."

'Hair stood on end when I saw castle'

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 16, 2008
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