Widely considered to be the country's most prestigious food and drink awards, the annual event, hosted by chef and TV Personality Simon Rimmer, took place on Thursday night (7 June) with over 740 guests in attendance at the glittering ceremony at Edinburgh’s International Conference Centre.
Our new Food Pioneer, Calum Richardson of The Bay Fish and Chips, said: “What an honour! I’m humbled to be chosen as the winner for Food Pioneer of the Year 2018. The Scottish food and drink industry is a thriving, passionate place to work and I’m very proud that The Bay Fish and Chips is a part of it.
"The Scotland Food and Drink Awards are an incredible showcase of what our small but mighty nation can bring to the table, and I don’t think its a stretch to say that we lead by example. My congratulations to everyone who attended the awards last night."
James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said: "Congratulations to all winners and finalists who have been selected from a record number of entries by our panel of more than 45 judges.
"Scotland is home to some of the most innovative producers and these awards give us the chance to celebrate just a few of them. We have a fantastic mix of established world-class businesses and a new generation of entrepreneurs coming through.
"Scottish food and drink is now a national success story. Our unique partnership of industry bodies and Scottish Government has driven that. However, it is the talent inside individual businesses that make our industry tick and who are putting Scotland on the global culinary map.”
Calum Richardson - The Bay Fish and Chips
Winner: Spice Pots - Spice Pots Goan Blend
Winner: St Andrews Farmhouse Cheese Company - St Andrews Farmhouse Cheddar
Winner: Aldi - Specially Selected Orkney Caramel Shortbread
Winner: PR Duff Ltd (T/A MacDuff 1890) - MacDuff 1890 Native Breed Body (Scotch Beef PGI)
Winner: East Coast Cured - Porcini & Truffle Salami
Winner: Loch Fyne Oysters Ltd - Bradan Orach
Winner: Cocoa Ooze Chocolates - Liquorice & Black Pepper Bar
Winner: six°north - Foraged and Found
Winner: Isle of Harris Distillers Ltd - Isle of Harris Gin
Winner: The Scottish Salmon Company - Native Hebridean Farmed Salmon
Winner: Hungry Squirrel - ABC Crunchy Mix Nut Butter
Winner: Aldi - Specially Selected Shortbread Rounds - Lemon
Winner: The Whitehouse Restaurant Lochaline
Winner: Border Biscuits
Winner: Tilly Confectionery Ltd
Winner: Quality Pork Ltd
Winner: Farne Salmon and Trout Ltd
Winner: Joseph Robertson
Winner: Kirsty George - Luss Smokehouse
Winner: Mimi's Bakehouse
Winner: Peel Tech Ltd
Winner: Isle of Harris Gin - Harris Distillers
Jim Mclaren - Quality Meat Scotland