Michelin-starred chef tops Scottish power list

Two Michelin-starred chef Andrew Fairlie has topped a new list to find the most powerful and influential people working in hospitality and catering jobs in Scotland.

Fairlie, Scotland’s only two-Michelin-starred chef, took top spot in the inaugural Hot Scots Power 40 list by Caterer and Hotelkeeper in association with the organisers of ScotHot.

Fairlie’s work at his self-titled restaurant at the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire saw him take the title from James Thomson, from the Witchery by the Castle in Edinburgh, and Martin Wishart from his eponymous restaurant also based in Edinburgh.

Also finding their place in the list’s top five were Peter Lederer from Gleneagles in Perthshire and Pete Irvine from Unique Events, which operates in and around Edinburgh.

The award is just the latest in a long list for Fairlie’s restaurant, which was last year named the UK’s best by the Sunday Times Food List. The chef, who’s restaurant has held two Michelin stars for eight consecutive years, has also picked up various other prizes including Scottish Chef of the Year, AA Chefs’ Chef of the Year and the HIT Scotland Industry Award.

On picking up the prize, Fairlie commented: “I'm very, very humbled to be voted Top Scot especially when I look at the list of people included, lots of whom I greatly admire and use as a benchmark both personally and as mentors of how to run a successful business.”

He added: “The hospitality industry in Scotland is going through a really positive change at the moment and we have some of the brightest young talent coming through in all sectors of the industry.”

Fairlie went on to praise the work of the other chefs on the list for working tirelessly to support young people looking to secure hospitality and catering jobs in the “best industry in the world”.

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