Young Scottish chefs shortlisted for Estrella Damm Awards

Two talented chef owners from Edinburgh, Sam Yorke and Tomás Gormley, have been shortlisted in the ‘Chef to Watch’ category at The Estrella Damm National Restaurant Awards.

With all other finalists hailing from Wales and England, the pair are the only Scottish chefs in their category.

Fine dining at Heron

Messrs Yorke and Gormley were recently awarded a highly coveted Michelin star for their first restaurant, Heron in Leith, making them the youngest chefs in Scotland to receive a star for their restaurant.

With backgrounds working in some of the finest restaurants in Scotland, the two joined forces to create Bad Seeds, a sell-out success pop-up at-home fine dining experience, during the Covid lockdown.

The pair opened fine dining restaurant Heron in 2021, and then their second venue, Skua, a bar and small plates restaurant, in March of this year.

The Estrella Damm shortlisting could put them on a path to their third major award win this year, for as well as the Michelin star, Sam Yorke was also recently named in The Code Hospitality 30 under-30 class for 2023/24 as one of the most exciting young chefs in the UK.

The National Restaurant Awards are judged by an academy panel of chefs, food writers and restaurateurs. The award winner will be announced at The Hurlingham Club, in Fulham, London, on 12th June.

Small plates at Skua