Andrew May from Kinloch House Hotel in Perthsire has been named Knorr Scottish Chef of the Year 2009. The announcement was made last night at the Scottish Culinary Awards Dinner at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, following a challenging final which took place yesterday at ScotHot 2009.
Competitors for the Scottish Chef of the Year title were required to submit a balanced, four-course menu using seasonal Scottish produce that can be served to a party of four covers. For the final, May and the other finalists were supplied with a mystery basket of ingredients. Throughout the final, competitors were judged on technical skill, creativity, use and interpretation of ingredients, flavour and texture combinations and presentation style.
May received £1,500 together with the Knorr Scottish Chef of the Year title.
Simon Marshall, managing director of Unilever Foodsolutions, Knorr's parent company, commented: "It is so exciting to see new talent like Andrew come through the competition every year. He is an extremely deserving winner and created an outstanding menu in the final."
\ Brian Canale, Heritage Portfolio
\ Jonathan Greer, Murrayshall House Hotel
\ Darren Harrison, Loch Lomond Golf Club
\* David Littlewood, Milton of Crathes
\ Andrew May, Kinloch House Hotel
\* Dougal MacPherson, Lochgreen House Hotel
\ David Ward, Prestige Scotland
\ Robbie Robertson, ESS Compass Group
\\ Alex Thain, Cameron House Hotel
\ Trevor Williams, Burts Hotel