WIN: A signed copy of The Mountain Café Cookbook: A Kiwi in the Cairngorms by Kirsten Gilmour

The Staff Canteen

It’s one of Scotland’s best-loved cafes, having earned its stripes as the place for locals, tourists, climbers, bikers and skiers to eat in Aviemore, and now The Mountain Café is sharing the secrets of its favourite dishes in a new cookery book Kirsten Gilmour.

The Mountain Café Cookbook: A Kiwi in the Cairngorms is the debut cookery book from chef and café owner, Kirsten Gilmour. Gilmour draws on her Kiwi roots to turn out contemporary dishes with an antipodean love for fresh and bold flavours.

With more than 130 recipes and luminescent photography by Paul Masson, readers will discover why Gilmour’s breakfasts are legendary for fuelling up for a day in the mountains; what makes her salads so inventive and flavour-packed; and the secrets behind her indulgent, luxurious cakes and slices.



We have two signed copies to give away to our lucky members - all you have to do is send the answer to the question below along with your contact details. (Winners must be a member of The Staff Canteen)

Q. Where is Kirsten Gilmour from originally?

a) New Zealand

b) Australia

c) Scotland

Email your answer and details to: [email protected]m by 12pm, February 21 2017.

*Full terms and conditions

The book also tells the story of Gilmour’s roundabout travels to Scotland – from rural New Zealand, to working as a chef in London to hiring out skis in the Cairngorms – and all the flavours picked up in between.

whisky fruit cake
whisky fruit cake 

As well as favourites from the cafe, The Mountain Café Cookbook contains recipes drawn from her grandparents and influenced by her travels, including everything from Sloe Gin & Bramble Salmon Salad; Butternut Chilli & Coconut Fritters; Smoked Fish Chowder; and Cider Sage Barbecue Chicken; to Chocolate & Coconut Brioche; Vegan Carrot, Fruit & Nut Cake; Cardamom Oranges; Badass Brownies; and Passionfruit Melting Moments. 

All recipes are specially marked for special dietary requirements with additional tips for converting more dishes into gluten-free and vegan equivalents. With Gilmour’s warm but straight-talking voice leading them through, readers will confidently be able to recreate dishes that taste just as good as the famous Mountain Café originals.

The Mountain Café Cookbook: A Kiwi in the Cairngorms by Kirsten Gilmour is published in hardback by Kitchen Press Publishing on 14 February 2017 and will be available nationwide, priced at £20.

Find out more about The Mountain Café at

In these challenging times…

The Staff Canteen team are taking a different approach to keeping our website independent and delivering content free from commercial influence. Our Editorial team have a critical role to play in informing and supporting our audience in a balanced way. We would never put up a paywall and restrict access – The Staff Canteen is open to all and we want to keep bringing you the content you want; more from younger chefs, more on mental health, more tips and industry knowledge, more recipes and more videos. We need your support right now, more than ever, to keep The Staff Canteen active. Without your financial contributions this would not be possible.

Over the last 12 years, The Staff Canteen has built what has become the go-to platform for chefs and hospitality professionals. As members and visitors, your daily support has made The Staff Canteen what it is today. Our features and videos from the world’s biggest name chefs are something we are proud of. We have over 500,000 followers across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and other social channels, each connecting with chefs across the world. Our editorial and social media team are creating and delivering engaging content every day, to support you and the whole sector - we want to do more for you.

A single coffee is more than £2, a beer is £4.50 and a large glass of wine can be £6 or more.

Support The Staff Canteen from as little as £1 today. Thank you.

The Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 14th February 2017

WIN: A signed copy of The Mountain Café Cookbook: A Kiwi in the Cairngorms by Kirsten Gilmour