The Scotsman Food Pioneer is a new category created for the Awards, which take place on Thursday 2nd June at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC). The sold out ceremony and dinner will be attended by 800 professionals from across Scotland’s food and drink industry.
Organised by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), the awards recognise the best of Scotland's food and drink sector across 19 entered categories. The awards are sponsored by Asda and supported by Think Local.
We are asking you, the Scotsman readers, for your help to nominate those people or companies you believe are at the forefront of Scotland's food and drink ascendancy.
This is a nationwide search for the person or company you think has made an exciting impact on the Scottish food and drink scene. It could be a chef offering a new style of cuisine, someone who's shaping this country's eating scene, a pop-up planner or an artisan producer. If they're shaking the Scottish food scene up with new and fresh ideas, this is a chance for them to get the recognition they deserve.
Last year's nominations included producers, bakers, chocolatiers, foragers and farmers to educationalists, campaigners, suppliers, caterers, cook school proprietors, restaurateurs and chefs. It could be anyone, at any age, involved at any level across the industry.
All you have to do is select the person or company who deserve to be recognised, and who fit the criteria below, enter their details and the reason you believe they should receive the award.
Each nominee, and your reason for choosing them, will be read and judged by a panel comprising Scotsman staff and representatives from Scotland Food & Drink, following the nomination deadline on Thursday 7th April, with the finalists being announced the week following the 13th April.
Sophie Fraser, of Scotland Food & Drink, said: “The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards are delighted to be working with The Scotsman to celebrate the fantastic individuals and companies that make Scotland a Land of Food and Drink.
“Worth more than £14 billion, it is an important sector for Scotland and one of which we are rightly proud.”
Scotsman editor Ian Stewart said: “We are pleased to support the Food Pioneer award and look forward to hearing about all the amazing work that is going on across the Scottish food scene.”
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