Last chance to nominate candidates for Scotland’s Food Pioneer 

Do you know someone who is shaking up the culinary scene with fresh new ideas for Scottish food and drink?

Published 22nd Mar 2017
Updated 6 th Oct 2023

The Scotsman is calling for people to nominate those who they believe are at the forefront of Scotland’s food and drink industry in the search to find ­Scotland’s Food Pioneer 2017.

Entries close on Friday, so the time to enter is now.

The winning Food Pioneer could be a chef offering a new style of ­cuisine, a restaurateur helping to shape Scotland’s culinary landscape, a business owner creating partnerships to encourage sustainability and market growth or perhaps an artisan producer introducing new and innovative produce.

We’ve received over 50 individual Food Pioneer nominations so far, submitted by members of the public.

The current list of nominees includes Masterchef: The Professionals 2016 winner Gary Maclean, ­celebrated chef Colin Hinds, fisherman and entrepreneur Jimmy Buchan, and artisan producers Rachel Hammond of Hammond Charcuterie and Jan Jacob Baak of Great Glen Charcuterie.

If there’s someone else that you believe is more worthy of the Food Pioneer title for the work they do, help get them the recognition they deserve and nominate them today at

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.

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Each of the nominations will be read and judged by a panel comprising of the Scotsman staff and representatives from Scotland Food & Drink, following the nomination deadline.

The Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards celebrate innovation, enterprise and excellence in the Scottish food and drink scene.

Growing year on year, the awards have become a highly-acknowledged accreditation by industry peers, and offer a fantastic platform on which businesses can present their produce to the nation.

This year’s award ceremony will be held in Edinburgh at the EICC on Thursday, 18 May. The awards are organised by Scotland Food & Drink in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).

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