Judging

Sean Murphy
Scotsman Food and Drink Editor


Driven by a passion for all things whisky-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over six years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink.

 

Gaby Soutar
Scotsman Lifestyle Editor and Restaurant Critic


Gaby Soutar is a lifestyle editor at The Scotsman. She has been reviewing restaurants for The Scotsman Magazine since 2007 and edits the weekly food pages.

 

Lorna Young
Dumfries & Galloway Food and Drink


Lorna is a marketing and economic development consultant based in Dumfries, she manages the DG Food and Drink regional food project, and is a board member of the South of Scotland Economic Partnership and of Food Tourism Scotland.

 

Gary Maclean
MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2016


Gary Maclean Born in Glasgow, and spent his early career working in hotels where he learned a number of key skills. Gary has held executive chef positions at two of Scotland’s biggest independent operators. His current role as Senior Lecturer at City of Glasgow College is what really drives his passion for mentoring other young chefs and creative cooking. In December 2016 he was crowned MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2016.

 

Lorna McNee
Sous chef at Andrew Fairlies Restaurant, Scotland

Once finishing college with a HNC in professional cookery, Lorna McNee arrived at restaurant Andrew Fairlie for a stage and was taken on as an apprentice. Since starting there in 2008 Lorna has worked her way up to sous chef and has had many achievements whilst being there. Lorna was the first female chef to win game chef of the year in 2016 and then after that went on to win Scottish chef of the year in 2017. To follow that Lorna went on to secure her place at Abbey Road for great British menu and won champion of champions in the final.

 

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