Food news: An Italian take on Christmas

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IT’S a last chance to pop in to traditional Italian restaurant Locanda De Gusti, which has put together an appetising gift for the festive season.

Its Christmas hampers start from from £25 with various items from their delicatessen including panettone, chocolate, wine, preserves and coffee. Choose from a ready-made hamper available in the East London Street restaurant or fill one of your own from their range of delicious products.

Locanda De Gusti, 7-11 East London Street, 0131 558 9581,

• THE general manager of The Scottish Café and Restaurant in the National Gallery of Scotland has been named ScotHot Young Scottish Restaurateur of the Year.

James Ross Mclean picked up the award at the recent ­hospitality event.

Soraya Gadelrab, ScotHot’s event manager, said James was a worthy victor.

As the winner, James will undertake a work placement with Martin Wishart, including hosting a lunch at Restaurant Martin Wishart as Maitre’D.