Alison Abercrombie

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How do you go from an international procurement career with the United Nations to establishing your own award winning café in Scotland? Some days, Ali Abercrombie is not too sure either as the past three years have been somewhat of a blur since she and husband Bob opened the doors to “AliBob @ Cairn O’Mohr” in Errol, Perthshire in 2014.

After spending almost a decade in Kosovo working for the United Nations and the EU, Ali had the opportunity to swap careers in 2013 when she returned home to her native Scotland and has now turned her passion for food and hospitality into a full-time Scottish adventure.

With a rapidly growing customer base and reputation for honest freshly-made food, awards quickly followed with Ali being named “Scotland’s Best Baker 2016” and Visit Scotland declaring the café “Best Informal Eating Experience 2017” for Central, Tayside & Fife.

Living and working in the Carse of Gowrie in Scotland provides endless inspiration for Ali’s recipes and baking; being based at the only fruit winery in Scotland means that so much of what goes in to Ali’s food is literally on her doorstep. The café has maintained “Taste Our Best” accreditation since 2015 and inclusion in “The Scottish Food Guide” in 2017 encourages the ongoing process of forging new relationships with local producers who support seasonality and sustainability. Ali has already worked with the local Slow Food group to host an “Ark Of Taste” evening and is collaborating with local venues to establish training workshops and “child inclusion” sessions to rekindle the lost art of basic cooking and baking skills for future generations in Scotland.


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