Edinburgh chef Neil Forbes was named Chef of the Year at the Catering in Scotland Excellence (CIS) Awards

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Edinburgh chef Neil Forbes was named Chef of the Year at the Catering in Scotland Excellence (CIS) AwardsIt was a double celebration when Edinburgh chef Neil Forbes (pictured) was named Chef of the Year at the Catering in Scotland Excellence (CIS) Awards. For his restaurant Cafe St Honoré also picked up the Sustainable Business of the Year title. He came out top from a high-powered shortlist made up by Derek Donaldson of the Hilton Glasgow, Mark Greenaway of Edinburgh, and Ian McAndrew of Blackaddie House Hotel, Sanquhar. Neil said: “I’m still in a state of shock. For us to be recognised by the industry like this is a genuine honour. I’m over the moon.”

An Indian restaurant lifted the crown as the best in country. Mithas, in Leith was named ahead of 63 Tay Street in Perth, 16 West End at St Monans and the Horseshoe at Eddleston near Peebles. Meanwhile Aberdeenshire inn, the Cock and Bull at Balmedie, won the pub excellence category, pipping Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack’s Scran & Scallie gastropub in Edinburgh and the Bridge Inn at Ratho.

The Gannet in Glasgow’s Finnieston was the best newcomer, beating an Edinburgh trio – Bistro Provence, Field and Mark Greenaway’s Bistro Moderne. The Hotel of the Year title was lifted by Ballathie in Perthshire, with Loch Melfort Hotel and Restaurant, Arduaine, and the Parklands Hotel in Perth shortlisted. That line-up definitely helps us at the Culinary Arts desk as we plan our summer treat destinations.

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