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North East of Scotland Chef and Restaurant of the Year 2015

The final of this year’s competition took place on the 24th and 25th of May at Aberdeen College. Thirty five of Aberdeen’s top chefs took part in a cook off to identify the winners from the 5 competition categories, North East of Scotland Hotel/Restaurant Chef of the Year, North East of Scotland Young Chef of the Year, North East of Scotland Contract Chef of the Year, North East of Scotland Pastry Chef of the Year and North East of Scotland Seafood Chef of the Year.

The panel of judges were  Ian MacDonald President of the Federation of Chefs Scotland, David Littlewood, Vice President of the Federation of Chefs Scotland, Stephen McLaughlin, Head Chef, Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles, Kevin MacGillivray, Regional Executive Chef for McDonald Hotels, and Joe Queen, Executive Chef at McDonald Hotels.

The competition is organised by Hospitality Training, Scotland’s only industry specific Group Training Association. Karen Black, General Manager said, "The competition provides our sector with an opportunity to showcase the talent of chefs in Grampian. The competitors have been preparing for months for today’s cook off and we were most impressed with standard of dishes using locally sourced ingredients that were presented".

The overall winner of the North East of Scotland Chef of the Year came from the Hotel/Restaurant Category was Orry Shand, Chester Hotel, Aberdeen. Orry’s winning menu consisted of :

Roast Veal Sweetbread with peas, morels, grilled gem, parmesan espuma and lemon puree

Scottish Sea Trout, razor clam cannelloni with jersey royals, wild garlic, asparagus and clam veloute

Rhubarb Fool with white chocolate bavarois, poached rhubarb, yogurt meringue, rhubarb foam and custard donuts

The competition aims to forge strong links between chefs and local suppliers and producers. A key partner in the success of the competition is the Grampian food Forum. Among a prizes for the winners of North East Chef and Young chef is the opportunity to participate in the Taste of Grampian in June 2015. The finals will be followed by an awards dinner at the Mercure Ardoe House.

Results – North East of Scotland Chef of the Year 2015

Overall Winner - Orry Shand – Chester Hotel (Gold)

North East Scotland Hotel/Restaurant Chef of the Year

Winner - Orry Shand- Chester Hotel (gold)
2nd Neil Ireland – Norwood Hall Hotel (silver)
3rd Colin Lyall – Tor-Na-Coille Hotel (bronze)

Runners up: 

Mathew Loban – Chester Hotel (bronze)
Bob Millar – The Milton Brasserie (bronze)
Brian McLeish – Moonfish Café (bronze)
Steven Castle – The Dunavon (merit)
Murray Dawson – The Adelphi Kitchen (merit)


North East of Scotland Contract Chef of the Year
Winner David Mathieson – Entier (silver)
2nd Kevin Shand – Flavours at Home (silver)
3rd Barry Gauld – Eat Beetroot (bronze)

Runners up 
Clayton Collie – Sodexo Remote Sites (finalist)


North East of Scotland Young Chef of the Year 
Winner - Richie Gavryluk – Trump International (silver)
2nd Fraser Rodman – Banchory Lodge (silver)
3rd Kirsty Bruce – The Chester Hotel (bronze)

Runners up 
Ethan Forsyth – Fusion Bar and Grill (bronze)
Alix Frost – Entier (bronze)
Danielle Ritchie – Entier (bronze)
Sean Findlay – The Milton Brasserie (bronze)
Anthony Bristol – The Buchan Braes Hotel (merit)


North East of Scotland Seafood Chef of the Year 
Winner Kevin Dalgleish – The Chester Hotel (gold)
2nd Graham Mitchell – Rox Hotel (gold)
3rd Ross Cochrane – The Courtyard (silver)

Runners Up 
Warren Lawson – Moonfish Café (bronze)
Neil Hudson – 99 Bar & Kitchen (bronze)
Thomas Wallace – The Courtyard (bronze)
Maxsym Goldberg – Banchory Lodge Hotel (bronze)
Carol Henderson– Mercure Ardoe House Hotel (merit)


North East of Scotland Pastry Chef of the Year 
Winner Julien Miran – Entier (gold)
2nd Alanna McCarthy – The Chester Hotel (gold)
3rd Sandra Bain – Falls of Feugh (gold)

Runners Up 
Flynn Pirie – The Milton Brasserie (silver)
Barry Owen – Tor Na Coille (bronze)
Kevin Levionnois – Banchory Lodge Hotel (bronze)
Daniel Grant – Mercure Ardoe House (bronze)
Cristina Santos – Tufted Duck (merit)


North East of Scotland Restaurant of the Year

Winner - Falls of Feugh

Runner Up - Fusion


North East of Scotland Hotel Restaurant of the Year

Winner - The Chester Hotel 

Runner Up - Tor-Na-Coille Hotel


North East of Scotland Bar Food Award

Winner - No1 Bar & Grill

Runner Up - 99 Bar & Kitchen


Main Sponsors: 
Entier, G. McWilliam,Braehead Foods, Reed Recruitment, Simpsons of Buckie.

Supported by:
North East Scotland College, The Federation of Chefs, Mercure Ardoe House, Steelite, The Press & Journal.

For More Information Contact: 
Karen Black 
Hospitality Training