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AN award-winning Scottish chef has gone bust with almost pounds 220,000 in debts.

Temperamental John Mackay, a one-time Scottish Chef of the Year, has lost control of The Rock restaurant in Edinburgh owing bills to at least 30 companies.

Ownership has been transferred to his wife Jannette.

Just a year ago Mackay was catering for the Scottish Parliament's star-studded inaugural gala dinner.

The Leith restaurant was once among Edinburgh's most popular and became well-known for its fine French and European cuisine.

But an accountant's report on the classy bistro's financial affairs said: "The fitting out of the restaurant cost more than anticipated.

"The business ran into difficulties because of a change in council policy which meant a greater number of restaurant applications were granted for central Edinburgh.

"There were also staff difficulties which cost substantial sums."
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Sep 27, 2000
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