Following the announcement made at the Glasgow Conference we are delighted to confirm that Lady Claire Macdonald, OBE has accepted our invitation to be a Patron of Inner Wheel. Lady Claire, attended the Glasgow Conference as a Patron of Marie Curie. She is an award-winning cook and writer, and Scotland's foremost exciting ambassador for the revitalised traditions of highland hospitality.

Like many of the greatest cooks, Claire is self-taught and is passionate about home cooking produced with the minimum of fuss and maximum of flavour. Claire's recipes are easy to follow, straightforward, and realistic - quintessentially Scottish in taste, but international in appeal.

Mother of four, Claire is married to Lord Godfrey Macdonlad, High Chief of Clan Donald. For near four decades, the Macdonalds have run their Isle of Skye home, Kinloch Lodge, as a unique luxury hotel with blazing log fires and ancestral portraits.

Claire is the energetic Patron of Scottish Food Fortnight and The Association of Scottish Farmers Markets. In recognition of her contribution to Scottish food Claire was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland. In 2008 Claire was honoured with an honourary doctorate from Abertay University. In February 2011, Claire was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from Scottish Farmers Union.

Lady Claire was honoured to be awarded the OBE in the 2014 New Years' Honours List for her service to the hospitality industry and for her services to charity in Scotland, most notably for her work with Marie Curie Cancer Care.

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