Award Categories


Best Chef

No one is more key to the success of a restaurant than its chef. The flair and skill of this person affects everyone else who works there, as well as the customer. We want to reward a chef who has shown inspiration and a desire to mould a restaurant in their form. We are looking beyond mere cooking skills to a person who can add that extra ingredient to create a staggering menu and take a restaurant to the next level.   Judges will consider:
  • Presentation
  • Attention to detail
  • Cooking skills used
  • Knowledge

Best Craft Beer

Whether you brew your own beer or offer the most comprehensive selection of real ales, we want to celebrate those who fill Scotland’s pint with the best drink in town.   Judges are looking for:
  • Uniqueness of product, why it stands out as the best
  • Quality of taste
  • Quality of packaging
  • Ingredients

Best Marketing Campaign

This category is to recognise a marketing campaign that has proven to be effective to the business it was promoting between 2018 and 2019.   Judges will consider:
  • Impact to company
  • Purpose of campaign
  • Feedback from company the campaign promoted

Best New Talent in the Industry

This category is to reward an individual who has made a real bang in the industry between October 2018 and July 2019 and shows great potential.   Judges will consider:
  • Successes to date
  • Originality

Best Scottish Spirit

Some are perfect by themselves and others go well when you add a little something extra. No matter how you take yours, we want to celebrate this year’s surprises or the undefeated champion of spirits.   Judges are looking for:
  • Uniqueness of product, why it stands out as the best
  • Quality of taste
  • Quality of packaging
  • Ingredients

Best Use of Scottish Produce

Great ingredients make a big difference in the kitchen. We are proud to support and celebrate the best sourcing, use and promotion of Scottish local produce. Nominate your favourite place that makes use of local Scottish ingredients to create great flavours in their kitchen’s.   Judges are looking for:
  • Locally sourced produce in all elements of dishes
  • Locally sourced drinks available on the menu
  • Marketing promoting the use of Scottish produce

Best Waste Management

This category celebrates the establishments that have the environment at the heart of their business.  We want to hear all about the restaurants leading the way in the environmental revolution.   Judges are looking for:
  • Waste management policies
  • impact on the local or wider environment
  • plans for the future

Most Dedicated Food Blogger

Be it Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat we want to find that one blogger that makes your mouth water with their reviews of the best spots in town.   Judges will consider:
  • Quality of writing
  • Quality of imagery
  • Number of blogs to date
  • Locations covered

Outstanding Contribution to the Industry

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This award is for someone who has gone above and beyond to keep the Scottish food and drink industry thriving throughout their career. The winner will be announced at the event.  

Most Innovative New Product

This award is for new food and drink products brought to market between October 2018 and July 2019 or a product that has been improved within this time.   Judges will consider:
  • Innovation
  • Popularity
  • Branding
  • Value for money

Scottish Food Product of the Year

This category is for a food product that has proven to be popular between 2018 and 2019. Product must be made and manufactured in Scotland.   Judges will consider:
  • Individuality
  • Branding
  • Value for Money
  • Use of Scottish Produce

Team of the Year

This category is to recognise a team where each and every member makes a difference to their business and this can be demonstrated through examples of how teamwork has led to their success.   Judges will consider:
  • Reviews
  • Team strategy

Your Hidden Gem

Secret spots, creative locations, stunning views or quirky decor; whether you like them from the mystery they’re surrounded by or the crazy lampshade hanging from the ceiling, we want to celebrate Scotland’s best surprises. This event is the reader's choice, this will be narrowed down to 10 companies and put back to public to choose the winner.   Judges will consider:
  • Location
  • Popularity
  • Visibility
  • Type of food