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Judging Panel Announced For Inaugural Andrew Fairlie Scholarship

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Judging Panel Announced For Inaugural Andrew Fairlie Scholarship

Judging Panel Announced For Inaugural Andrew Fairlie Scholarship
April 16
08:20 2019

Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland announced the line-up of judges yesterday, tasked with awarding the inaugural Andrew Fairlie Scholarship to aspiring Scottish chefs.

As the application process opens, the panel has been confirmed as including Michelin-Starred chefs Tom Kerridge and Sat Bains, alongside CIS Excellence judge and Scotland’s National Chef, Gary McLean, and Stephen McLaughlin and Lorna McNee of Andrew Fairlie’s eponymous restaurant at Gleneagles. Meanwhile, Gleneagles’ general manager, Conor O’Leary, HIT Scotland’s David Cochrane and a representative from the Scottish Government will also be involved in the judging process. Renowned chef Keith Podmore completes the line-up.

Spearheaded by HIT Scotland and supported by the First Minister, Scottish Government and Gleneagles, the new scholarship launched earlier this year in recognition of Andrew Fairlie’s lasting contribution to the hospitality industry.

Both a male and female chef working in Scotland will be awarded a scholarship each year.

Like his contemporary Andrew Fairlie, Sat Bains knew the value of being a Roux Scholar

Sat Bains (pictured left), said: ‘From the moment I met Andrew in 1999, via the Roux Scholarship, I looked up to him. I appreciated his counsel and advice, and I admired him hugely as a fellow chef.

‘The scholarship will help to carry on the phenomenal legacy that Andrew leaves behind and mimics beautifully the amazing opportunity that he once had when he became the inaugural winner of the Roux Scholarship in 1984. I know Andrew would have been particularly chuffed to have inspired a scholarship that aims to recognise male and female chefs in equal measure.

Tom Kerridge (pictured below right), added: ‘I want to helpi the scholarship become recognised as something of which the whole industry can be proud.’

Tom Kerridge: Announced as a judge on the new Andrew Fairlie Scholarship

Stephen McLaughlin, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie Head Chef, said:  ‘Successful Andrew Fairlie Scholars should be capable chefs, but, equally importantly, we are looking for ‘Andrew Fairlie people’ to join the family, as individuals who can demonstrate professionalism, commitment, compassion and kindness – everything that Andrew had in droves. ‘This way, as members of the Andrew Fairlie family, we can continue his legacy in a manner that suitably represents the man himself.’

To apply, potential candidates should complete an online application form stating why they should win the Andrew Fairlie Scholarship, before designing a three-course summer-inspired lunch menu. A shortlist of finalists will then be decided who will take part in a skills test.

Applications are open now at hitscotland.co.uk/scholarships until 28th June 2019.

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