RENOWNED chef Andrew Fairlie has died after a long-term battle with a brain tumour, his family has announced.

Mr Fairlie, who was 55, was diagnosed with the tumour in 2005.

His family said he died peacefully on Tuesday.

His restaurant at Gleneagles Hotel is the only one in Scotland to have two Michelin stars.

His wife Kate Fairlie and his daughters, Ilona and Leah, on behalf of the family, said: "We are utterly heartbroken that Andrew has gone but are so thankful we had this extraordinary man in our lives.

"He was a beautifully kind, generous, loving son, father, husband, brother and friend, and enriched the lives of anybody lucky enough to meet him."

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in a tweet: "I'm so sorry to hear that Andrew Fairlie has died.

"My deepest condolences to his family. Andrew is gone far too soon, but his achievements will always be remembered and his legacy will inspire the next generation of world class chefs. It was a privilege to know him."