Born and brought up 3 miles from Pratis, Patrick is a chef and award winning caterer with over 20 year’s experience in the hospitality industry. Nicola’s professional background is in events marketing and sales, working from London to Arbroath as part of her family business, Mackays Ltd. Together they co-own and run Pratis Barns, while raising a young family in the idyllic Fife countryside.
Food, drink and entertaining was at the heart of family life growing up, and I’ve always enjoyed planning gatherings of friends and loved ones — a theme that carried over into my career in the events industry.
My family’s food manufacturing business gave me the ambition to have a business of my own one day. And at Pratis I have the opportunity to combine all of this, along with the privilege of helping people plan really special events.
At events you’ll find me heading up our amazing front of house team, making sure everything runs smoothly. And in rare moments of “me time” I like to potter in the garden, walk our dog Breac on the beach or sit with friends and put the world to rights.
I have a huge love of planning and arranging gatherings of friends and family. Whenever there is a small window of ‘me time’, I like to potter in the garden, walk our dog Breac on the beach, or sit with friends and put the world to rights.
I knew the countryside was where I wanted to settle, and having the opportunity to put down roots and build a business in an area with strong family connections feels really special.
I’ve worked with some of the finest produce fresh from the land and waters of the places I’ve worked as a private chef — mostly in Scotland, but also abroad. This is something I’m keen to continue at Pratis, with food that’s homemade, full of flavour and as local as possible.
At events you’ll find me working in the kitchen with our talented head chef Calum Butters and team. And when time allows I enjoy salmon fishing, playing golf and watching endless hours of cricket.