Catering sector has struck gold

Awards for chefs, restaurateurs and hospitality industry workers

Chefs, restaurateurs and hospitality industry workers from across the country were honoured at this year’s Catering in Scotland (CIS) Excellence Awards.

CIS Excellence Awards winners
• Hospitality industry workers from across Scotland picked up awards.

Bruce Sangster of Sangster’s restaurant in Elie was presented with the Lifetime Excellence Award while the Chef of the Year Award went to Ian McAndrew at Blackaddie House Hotel in Sanquhar, and Gordon McIntyre, curriculum head of events at City of Glasgow College, was named Hospitality Educator of the Year.
McIntyre, who has spent the majority of his 30-year career at the college – which was previously Glasgow Metropolitan College and, before that, Glasgow College of Food Technology, told SLTN he was “surprised but delighted” to receive the award, which he said was in recognition of “all the amazing staff that I work alongside at the college”.
“I am the leader of a fantastic group of people who support our students to gain a successful position in the [hospitality] industry,” he said.
Elsewhere, Adam Newth of The Tayberry Restaurant in Broughty Ferry picked up the award for Young Chef of the Year, Ross Sneddon of The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh was named Patisserie Chef of the Year, the Banqueting and Events Chef Award went to Craig Gibb of the Kelso-based Orde Food Company, and John Forteith of Bidvest Foodservice Scotland was named Employee of the Year.
When it came to awards for venues, the Pub Excellence Award went to Mhor 84 at Balquhidder, The Torridon in Wester Ross took the Independent Hotel of the Year Award, and Edinburgh’s Balmoral Hotel was named Group Hotel of the Year.
The Sustainable Business Award went to The Captain’s Galley in Scrabster, Number One at The Balmoral was presented with the Restaurant of the Year Award – the third gong of the night for the hotel, and the Restaurant Newcomer of the Year Award went to IX Restaurant at The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen.
The 13th CIS Excellence Awards took place at the Hilton in Glasgow.