The Scotsman needs your help to find Scotland's best food pioneer

The Scotsman (Food and Drink) have teamed up with the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards to create a brand new award to celebrate Scotland's Food Pioneers and we need your help to find them.

Published 14th Mar 2016
Updated 14 th Feb 2017

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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Your nominee should:

  • Represent the breadth of talent, skill and passion across the industry.
  • Demonstrate passion for Scottish food and drink and have made a strong contribution to the industry.
  • Be an ambassador for others, a champion of their profession or an innovator driving their sector forward.

Enter your nominee here:

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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