Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart receives honorary doctorate from University of Edinburgh

24 November 2011 by
Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart receives honorary doctorate from University of Edinburgh

Martin Wishart has become the first chef to be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Edinburgh.

The double-Michelin-starred chef, who operates two restaurants in the Scottish capital as well as a cookery school and a restaurant at Cameron House Hotel on Loch Lomond, has received the award in recognition of his culinary contribution to Scotland.

The first chef to win a Michelin star in Edinburgh, Wishart's award highlights his personal contribution in attracting top-class chefs to the city, leading to its development as a hub of world-class dining.

Commenting on the award, Wishart said he was thrilled and humbled. "It personally means a great deal to have my achievements recognised by such an esteemed institution. It has been 10 years since Restaurant Martin Wishart in Leith received its Michelin star and my fondness and passion for the city has never abated. I look forward to continuing to contribute to the Edinburgh dining experience for years to come."

Professor Chris Haslett, added: "Martin has personally contributed a great deal in helping to establish Edinburgh's reputation as a fine-food destination, which has had a positive impact on tourism, too. It has created jobs and provided exceptional, international-standard training to talented young chefs."

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