The curriculum head of events at the college was presented with the award by HIT Scotland chief executive David Cochrane at the charity’s industry dinner in Glasgow.
The accolade was awarded to McIntyre in recognition of the support he has given the industry. It is said to be the first time the award has been given to someone in education; previous recipients include Albert Roux, Peter Lederer and Andrew Fairlie.
McIntyre, who began his career on a graduate recruitment programme at Stakis Hotels and has worked at the college for the past 28 years, said he was “absolutely overwhelmed” to receive the accolade.
“It is not often that I am speechless, but it did take my breath away,” he said.
“To be recognised by the industry at this level is amazing. It is a tribute and testament to the talented young people we have the privilege of teaching at the college, who leave us ready for the careers ahead of them.
“I am also grateful the great team of staff who have supported me over the years.”
Paul Little, principal and chief executive at City of Glasgow College, said the award recognised McIntyre’s “hard work, enthusiasm and commitment”.
“He is a much-respected member of team City with a 28-year career that has seen him pass on his considerable knowledge and expertise to several generations of students,” he said.
“Our congratulations go to him on this well-deserved achievement.”