Scran Award winners 2024 - Chef Neil Forbes & Isle of Harris Distillery

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Published 28th Jun 2024
Updated 26 th Jun 2024

The Scotsman's Scran Awards took place for the second year recently. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with the great and good of the Scottish food and drink industry. 

The shortlisted businesses and individuals are testament to the vibrant and thriving industry. I wanted to get a couple of the winners to come on Scran to talk about their business and explain what the awards mean for them and their teams.

First up I am joined by Chef Neil Forbes Cafe St Honore in Edinburgh who picked up the coveted award of 'Outstanding Contribution to the Industry'.

Neil talks about his long and varied career as well as his love for traditional Scottish fayre and quality local produce. Neil's not shy with his opinions on modern dining but his passion for his craft and his desire to create a rewarding dining experience for his customers is clear.

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Picture: John Devlin

Blair Sterrick UK Sales Manager for Isle of Harris Distillers also joins me to chat about their wins. They picked up 'Best Spirit' for Harris Gin and 'Best Whisky' for The Hearach.

Blair talks me through how the distillery was set up with the explicit intention of creating industry on the island to help sustain the working population and combat depopulation.

We talk about their hugely popular Harris Gin both for the liquid but also that distinctive bottle and about The Hearach which is relatively new on the block and now too making waves in the whisky world. I also uncover an exclusive story about a new bottle that will be available very soon.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne, whisky and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind is the Food and Drink Editor and whisky writer for The Scotsman, as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.
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