One of the best known figures in the Scottish hospitality industry was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award at the end of September. Peter Lederer was presented with his award at the glittering AA Hospitality Awards 2011 in London by the BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth. The award recognises Peter’s significant contribution to the industry through his various roles and commitments over 40 years. In 1984 he joined Gleneagles as General Manager, three years later was appointed Managing Director and became chairman in 2007. The judges highlighted the fact that Peter has always been able to see the bigger picture and is respected for his commitment to raising standards and training opportunities in the hospitality and tourism sectors. He holds a number of key positions including Chairman of the International Leadership School, Scotland, President of the Institute of Hospitality and President of Enable.
Peter was Chairman of VisitScotland from 2001-2010 and is currently a board member of Leading Hotels of the World. His untiring efforts to promote Scotland were recognised by the Queen when he was awarded an OBE in 1994 and then a CBE in 2005.
There were also a host of other Scottish winners at the ceremony. Glenapp Castle at Ballantrae was one of the new AA four Rosette-awarded restaurants for 2011-2012, and Castle Terrace Restaurant, Edinburgh picked up a three Rosette award. The AA Rosettes are awarded by the AA inspectorate who assess restaurants’ food quality and go to those demonstrating mastery and excellence in this field. In addition, in the Scotland categories, the winners were: Hotel of the Year: Blythswood Square, Glasgow, Restaurant of the Year: Gordon’s Restaurant, Inverkeilor; Wine Award: Rhubarb, the Restaurant at Prestonfield, Edinburgh; Pub of the Year Scotland: The Café Royal, Edinburgh.