In the footsteps of Fairlie

APPLICATIONS are now open for the first Andrew Fairlie Scholarship.

The programme, run by industry charity HIT Scotland, is open to any chef over the age of 21 that is currently working in Scotland.

It will provide two chefs – one male, one female – with placements at a variety of restaurants in the UK and overseas, including Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles and Core by Clare Smyth in London.

The scholarships will be awarded by a judging panel that includes Michelin star chefs Tom Kerridge and Sat Bains, Masterchef winner and National Chef of Scotland, Gary Maclean, and chefs Stephen McLaughlin and Lorna McNee of Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, as well as Keith Podmore, a mentor of Fairlie’s, Gleneagles general manager Conor O’Leary and HIT Scotland chief executive, David Cochrane.

Cochrane said: “In the 25 years of HIT Scotland we have been privileged to provide inspirational development opportunities to thousands of scholars and enhance the hospitality industry in Scotland through our work. The Andrew Fairlie Scholarship will go a long way to supporting and developing the industry further and we are excited by the prospect of the high calibre of entrants in its first year.”

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