AN AWARD-WINNING executive chef who has previously served up treats for the likes of Bill Clinton has taken up residence at an Alloa community café.

Chef Billy Campbell recently retired after decades of practising the culinary arts in Scotland's finest five-star hotels.

However, he is not ready to hang up the apron just yet and is looking to give back to Clacks by volunteering his time at St Mungo's Parish Church's recently opened Community Café.

Having spent nearly 40 years of his five-decade long career as an executive chef, Billy brings a wealth of experience and talent to the table.

He told the Advertiser the idea for the café came after some refurbishment works at the church on Bedford Place.

For that work, thanks were given to church elder Graham Hunter, who worked long hours and made most of the limited space and resources available

On one hand, the café ensures the church building is utilised more often, while also offering delicious food at great prices for the community.

Billy, who has enjoyed sharing his experience in the town over the years, said: "For me it's about giving back to my community."

The multi-award-winning chef, an elder at the church, added: "It's about raising funds for the church, which is a charity, and it's about bringing people into the church.

"We've got a fantastic church and an amazing minister.

"For me it's also about opening doors on more than a Sunday, invite people in and hopefully they'll want to be a part of what we have, enjoy the fellowship, enjoy the chat.

"It's a place where people can come and feel relaxed, it's quite a peaceful setting."

Following some delay brought on by coronavirus, the café officially opened in the second week of September with some brilliant feedback so far.

Billy is looking to stick to a fresh and seasonal menu with everything home-made in the café's kitchen.

The café is welcoming guests each day of the weekday, except for Wednesday, between 10am and 4pm.

There will be soups, sandwiches, scones, gateaus and other sweet treats as well as much more on offer, all home-made.

The chef's signature Caesar salad has also been proving a hit.

Billy is also a member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and has previously delivered food education classes at Wee County primary schools.

It is understood he hopes to continue his involvement in food education in the Wee County, coronavirus permitting.

On social media, church minister Rev Sang Y Cha added: "We are enormously grateful to the team that put our new facility together. You know who you are.

"I do want to single out two of our elders, however.

"Graham Hunter, who worked all kinds of crazy hours refurbishing equipment and making most of our limited space and resources.

"He is a wizard and friend.

"The other is Billy Campbell, our chef, who is volunteering his time and energy and taking no salary for this adventure."