Balmoral’s Bland named Chef of Year

The Balmoral’s executive chef, Jeff Bland, has been crowned Chef of the Year at the Scottish Restaurant Awards 2012.

The announcement comes as the iconic Edinburgh hotel’s fine-dining restaurant – number one – celebrates its tenth year of Michelin star status with Jeff Bland at the helm.

The Chef of the Year winner was decided by a hand-picked panel of judges. Mr Bland was presented with his title at the glittering award ceremony in Glasgow.

Commenting on his achievement, he said: “It’s a great honour to be named Chef of the Year by a panel of judges who are experts on the food industry in Scotland.

“I take great pride in my role at the Balmoral – from developing menus and innovative dishes to training new chefs and championing seasonal Scottish produce – it means a great deal to be recognised by my peers for this.”