Amy and Josh take Fairlie scholarships

Josh and Amy with Stephen McLaughlin.

YOUNG chefs from The Torridon and the Isle of Eriska Hotel have been named as the winners of this year’s Andrew Fairlie Scholarship.

Amy Stephenson, junior sous chef at The Torridon, and Josh Wilkinson, senior chef de partie at the Isle of Eriska, scooped the scholarships after successfully recreating one of Andrew Fairlie’s signature dishes – to which they then added their own elements – during a skills test at Perth College. They will now have the chance to work in an international kitchen as well as at the two Michelin Star Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles and the three Michelin Star Core by Clare Smyth.

The scholarship, launched in 2019 in memory of the late chef, is run by industry charity HIT Scotland and judged by a panel of chefs that include Stephen McLaughlin of Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Lorna McNee of Cail Bruich and Tom Kerridge.

“What a thrill it has been for us all to get back together for finals day of our second Andrew Fairlie Scholarship,” said McLaughlin.

“It has been especially exciting this year to have been able do in it in our brand-new host venue, Perth College UHI, for the cook off.

“Full credit goes to all our finalists, who have maintained their match fitness in the run up to the final. We asked the finalists to cook a classic dish from chef Andrew’s repertoire, while showcasing their own technical abilities in creating inspiring garnishes along with an intelligent, well thought out sauce.

“Every one of the finalists showed great desire and passion to become one of the next Andrew Fairlie Scholars, and many congratulations to Amy and Josh who came out on top and will now receive some inspirational and educational experiences to help build their careers.”