Roberta Hall-McCarron


In this episode, Justine interviews Chef Roberta Hall-McCarron as she shares about how she got into cooking, her new cookbook and her exciting new restaurant addition.

Working in professional kitchens since the age of 16, Roberta moved to Burj Al Arab, Dubai, before returning to Scotland to work at Michelin-starred The Kitchin. Roberta was offered the opportunity to be on the opening team at Castle Terrace by Dominic Jack, where she remained for six years, three of which were spent as head chef. It was at Castle Terrace where Roberta met her now husband and front of house at The Little Chartroom, Shaun McCarron. 

To date, she has won accolades including Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Restaurant Awards, 2019; YBF Best Chef 2018; Eating & Drinking Award from The List Magazine; entries in Michelin Guides 2019 and 2020; UK’s Top 100 at Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards 2020; Breakthrough Chef of the Year at the Food and Travel Awards; Good Food Guide 2020; 100 Most Influential Women CODE. Roberta has been shortlisted for GQ Best Chef 2022 and in 2023 she became Squaremeal’s Female Chef of the Year. Representing Scotland, Roberta proceeded through to national finals in the BBC’s Great British Menu in both 2020 and 2021, in the latter winning the fish course and cooking at the final banquet.

Roberta Hall-McCarron opened her first restaurant, The Little Chartroom in June 2018, followed by Eleanore in 2021. All Roberta’s menus are influenced by her childhood memories of sailing the Scottish coastline and her love for her country’s produce. The Little Chartroom is in the top 100 of the 2022 Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards and most recently was named by British Vogue as the best restaurant in Edinburgh.


Instagram: @chef_roberta_hall @thelittlechartroom

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