Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles has become the first Scottish restaurant to join Les Grandes Tables du Monde.
The organisation is a mark of a restaurant’s quality, with only 170 businesses in the world invited to join the exclusive club that was established in 1954 by six French chefs.
Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles joins seven other two- or three-Michelin-starred restaurants in the UK to feature in the group, including the Fat Duck and the Waterside Inn.
Accepting the invitation to join the organisation at a ceremony held at the Ritz in Paris, Fairlie said that being in such illustrious company was like being given a lifetime achievement award.
He added: “It is a phenomenal honour to be listed next to such highly renowned chefs as Thomas Keller, Alain Ducasse, and my wonderful old mentor Michel Guérard.
“This is both a great privilege for me and an exciting next step for the restaurant.
“The founding ethos of Les Grandes Tables du Monde totally chimes with our own: a deep respect for culinary traditions; a natural emphasis on craft; and a focus on the art of hospitality.
“Becoming a member also represents a great opportunity for stimulating my team through the sharing of ideas and staff with other like-minded restaurants around the world.”
Les Grandes Tables du Monde was established by six Parisian chefs, with the logo spontaneously drawn by Jean Cocteau on a tablecloth in the Le Grand Véfour restaurant.