Edinburgh Restaurant Awards: Raise a glass to success
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Finalists in 15 categories have been shortlisted from readers’ nominations by a nine-strong judging panel including Scotland’s National Chef, Gary Maclean, and food and drink critic for The Scotsman Gaby Soutar.
Among the accolades are Edinburgh Chef of the Year, sponsored by Chef Works, Sustainability Award, backed by Everyone’s Edinburgh, Best Takeaway Offering, sponsored by Mealzo, and Best Fine Dining Experience, supported by the Edinburgh School of Food & Wine.
One of the most hotly-contested titles is the Edinburgh Chef of the Year. Vying for the 2022 award are Roberta Hall-McCarron of The Little Chartroom and Eleanore, Aizle’s Stuart Ralston, Darren Murray of Borough, Dean Banks at The Pompadour, Waldorf Astoria – The Caledonian, and Neil Forbes, chef director at Cafe St Honore.
Those in the running for the most coveted title of Edinburgh Restaurant of the Year will be announced at Monday’s ceremony hosted by Forth 1 radio presenter Arlene Stuart.
All guests will enjoy a drinks reception, laid on by Capital-based refreshers Smugglers Spirits and Paolozzi, from 6pm upstairs at Brewhemia before the main event.
Entertainment will be provided by Edinburgh singer Ruth Hutton. Judging partner for the event is the not-for-profit Sustainable Restaurant Association, while the headline sponsor is Zettle.
A Zettle spokesperson said: “We are proud to support the awards, and honoured to help you raise a glass to the people who keep this industry thriving. “Edinburgh’s hospitality scene has overcome many obstacles in the last few years so we are excited to join you in celebrating the many success stories.”
Euan McGrory, editor of the Edinburgh Evening News, added: “In a city where outstanding food and drink often comes as standard, and many of your venues are destinations in their own right, it would be all too easy to take what you do for granted.
“What you all accomplish day-to-day is remarkable. To be doing it after everything that the last two years has thrown at you – the pandemic, the regulations, Brexit and more – is simply staggering.” To obtain tickets for the event, which cost £70+VAT, visit www.edinburghrestaurantawards.co.uk