Scotland’s most prestigious food and drink awards had its glittering ceremony last night
Renowned chef and TV presenter Simon Rimmer (Chanel 4’s Sunday Brunch) hosted the ceremony, which took place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, in front of a sell-out crowd of 800 guests.
The award presentation was carried out in two stages, with a three course dinner served in between. The menu for this was created by the EICC’s Guy Taylor.
The Best of Scottish Produce
The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2016, Scotland’s most prestigious food and drink awards, reflect the areas of expertise that make Scotland stand out in high-quality food production.
Twenty businesses were selected from 245 entries, and the products ranged from seaweed flakes to apple juice, muesli and piccalilli!
Recipients came from all parts of Scotland, from the Borders to Moray, Lanarkshire and Mull and featured those embarking on a career in the food industry and veterans whose business has developed over decades.
And The Winner Is…
Winner of the Young Talent award was Daniel Sherry, Eden Mill, with Jim Walker of Walker’s Shortbread picking up the Outstanding Contribution award. The latter was sponsored by the Scottish Government and presented by Cabinet Secretary for Rural economy, Fergus Ewing.
Other winners included Business of the Year (Scottish Sea Farms, Oban), Food Pioneer (chef Fred Berkmiller of L’escargot Blue Edinburgh), Non-alcoholic Drink (Cuddybridge Apple Juice) with the Meat Award going to the Buffalo Farm, Fife.
The evening had a double-winner, with Graham’s Dairy, Bridge of Allan, winning the Dairy Award and Brand Success of the Year.
Rimmer had arrived in Edinburgh from England earlier that day and had dined at Nick Nairn’s restaurant in Leith.
He was full of praise for Scottish produce and not a little jealous of the quality and variety of food we can offer!
For the full list of winners, click here.