The iconic two Michelin star chef, who passed away earlier this year, was celebrated for his excellent work at his restaurant in Gleneagles and in the wider industry.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, presented the Outstanding Contribution Award posthumously to the man that was arguably Scotland’s greatest chef at the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards.
The award was accepted by Andrew's wife, Kate Fairlie, acknowledging the impact Andrew had on the sector, and the instrumental role he played in inspiring an entire generation of Scottish chefs.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “It was an honour and a privilege to present the Outstanding Contribution Award. Andrew Fairlie was one of Scotland’s greatest chefs and his passion for and promotion of Scottish food and drink inspired many people both here and abroad.
"While Andrew was taken from us far too soon, his contribution to the industry and to Scotland will always be remembered.
“Our food and drink industry is one of Scotland’s success stories, with recent figures showing this growth sector achieved record turnover, so it was fantastic to celebrate the people and businesses who are behind these achievements at the Excellence Awards.”
Wife Kate received a rousing applause as she gave an emotional speech about the incredibly passionate man that was her husband and father to their daughters, she said: “To receive this award is an enormous honour and I am proud beyond words. Anyone who knew Andrew, the wonderful, kind, brave human being that he was, knew of his remarkable determination to succeed professionally and also his determination to beat his illness right to the very end."
It was a touching tribute at the annual awards which aim to recognise the highest quality produce as well as the industry's leading individuals, suppliers and companies.