Calum Ralston of 'chef family' appointed Head Chef at Superico
Calum Ralston, younger brother of Edinburgh chefs, Stuart (Noto, Aizle and Great British Menu) and Scott Ralston, has been appointed new head chef at Superico Restaurant at 83 Hanover Street. Calum, who was born in Peebles and raised in Glenrothes, Fife, is part of the Ralston family food clan in Scotland. Calum’s parents and elder brothers Scott and Stuart are all trained chefs. Stuart Ralston appeared on the recent series of Great British Menu. Calum has over 15 years of experience in Edinburgh’s hospitality industry, including training under both his brothers at well-known Edinburgh restaurants, Aizle, The Chop House in Bruntsfield and White Horse Oyster and Seafood Bar on the Royal Mile. Calum describes his cooking style as simple, clean and fresh, taking inspiration from classic French cuisine, as well as flavours from Asia and South America. Calum is also focused on high quality, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. He now leads the kitchen team to oversee the 40-cover Superico Restaurant at 83 Hanover Street. Commenting on his appointment as new head chef at Superico and the restaurant’s new concept menu, Calum said: “I’ve been a big fan of Superico since it re-opened its doors in 2021. The restaurant’s unconventional menu, the cocktail bar’s bold interior design and the exceptional service set them apart from many of the other leading hospitality venues in Edinburgh’s New Town. “More than ever before, I think people are looking for unique and quality dining experiences that excite their senses, transport them to somewhere exotic and reflect the latest food trends and flavours from around the world. “We’re confident that our new menus will appeal to foodies, cocktail lovers and style gurus alike, who can now look forward to casual, but sophisticated venues to relax and socialise right in the heart of the city.” Superico Restaurant at 83 Hanover Street and Superico Bar and Lounge at 99 Hanover Street is managed by one of Edinburgh’s most recognised hospitality faces, Mike Lynch. An award-winning mixologist, Mike specialises in drinks and menu development. He has over 12 years of experience operating bars and restaurants in Edinburgh, including winning the title of ‘UK’s Best Cocktail Bar for Edinburgh’s Bramble Bar in 2019. At Superico, Mike showcases international Aperitivo-style drinks with a section for spritzes and Martini’s served straight from the freezer, as well as speciality wines from around the world served by the glass. Signature cocktails at Superico Bar include Padron Martini, using Padron peppers which are synonymous with Spain; Yuzu Spritz which uses aromatic citrus from Japan; and Superico’s Peach Negroni, which combines Italian and Scottish influences, including artisanal flavours and ingredients from The House of Botanicals in Aberdeen. Scottish produce and ingredients featured on the Superico menu include oysters from Loch Fyne, seafood and fish from Welch Fishmongers at Newhaven in Edinburgh, I J Mellis Cheesemonger, and John Henderson meat specialist in Glenrothes. Superico Restaurant at 83 Hanover Street is now open Wednesday to Friday from 3 pm to 12 am, Saturdays from 12 pm to 12 am, and for Sunday brunch between 10 am and 5 pm.