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Peter McKenna

Owner, The Gannet

  • What was your favourite subject at school?

Art, I had a brilliant teacher who was interesting and down to earth, a good teacher makes all the difference.

  • What was your first job?

Working in my parents pub, I was so short they had to put crates on the floor by the taps so I could pour pints.

  • Which is your favourite restaurant /hotel?

Frantzen in Stockholm, the most incredibly designed restaurant in a side street townhouse, world beating food – unparalleled flavours using the best ingredients, unpretentious service, what’s not to like.

  •  How do you inspire your team

I don’t ask anyone to do anything I wouldn’t do myself, I lead by example. 

  • Which person in hospitality have you most admired / inspired you?

Kieran glennon head chef Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud in Dublin.

Turns up each and every day consistently creating two star food year on year, a complete inspiration & not a bad dancer either. 

  • How do you manage your stress levels?

I try and get out running early in the morning three times per week, helps me get my thoughts in order and hit the reset.

  • Instagram, Twitter or Facebook – and why?

Instagram, I enjoy seeing what everyone is up to without having to put up with random rants from trolls, life it too short to be a keyboard warrior.

  • If you had not gone into hospitality, where do you think you would be now?

Funny thing is I’ve only ever had my heart set on being a chef, if I could sing or play guitar that might be different story lol.

  • What did you do on your last days off?

I spent every Monday with my 3 year old daughter, she’s a ball of energy & keeps me on my toes  & Tuesday doing paperwork at the restaurant, it’s nice being able to focus in a empty restaurant without being harassed 😏

  • What do you do to relax, to support your wellbeing?

I love listening to LP’s, preferably with the wood burner on & maybe a glass of red.

Glasgow is a brilliant city for live music and my wife and I are excited to see that world opening up once again, hospitality has had it tough but our musicians have arguably had it even worse.