Food and drink: People shortlist
From sommeliers to chefs, we asked you to nominate the people we should all be looking out for on the food and drink scene and here's the i-on Breakthrough Awards 2017 shortlist. Remember, you've only got until Monday 10 July 2017 to vote for your favourite so do it now. You'll be entered into a prize draw to win a magnum of Brut Reserve Taittinger Champagne, courtesy of Vino Wines, for the privilege...
Craig Hutchinson of Colonnades, Signet Library
Since opening, The Colonnades was largely known for its amazing contribution to the world of Afternoon Tea. Thanks to Craig Hutchinson, the lunch menus at Colonnades have been elevated to an award-winning level where presentation and taste are highly considered in equal measures. He's been known to push the boundaries on more classic dishes and, in doing so, has transformed the venue's reputation as a top place for lunch in Edinburgh too.
Helen Vass of Dulce
Helen Vass has come a long way since her days working in investment. Eager to pursue her passion in baking, she embarked on a professional patisserie course at the City of Glasgow College. Helen continues to increase her knowledge, training with award-winning pastry chefs in Barcelona and bringing back new and innovative techniques to Scotland. She has organised pop-ups in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London, and was part of the 2016 winning team on BBC2’s Bake Off Creme de la Creme.
Jamie Knox of Galvin Brasserie de Luxe
Jamie is dedicated to the delivery of first-class cooking at one of Scotland’s most iconic brasseries - Galvin Brasserie de Luxe. His culinary expertise and respect of seasonal ingredients is reflected in the dishes he develops alongside Michelin-starred chefs Chris and Jeff Galvin. His plat du jour dishes constantly delight diners with their creative flair.
Josh Littlejohn and Dean Gassabi of Maison Bleue at HOME
Serving up delicious Scottish and French cuisine, diners have the opportunity to ‘Pay it Forward’ and provide meals for the homeless. The restaurant also offers training and employment opportunities for Edinburgh’s most disadvantaged people. The restaurant has attracted high profile support from the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio.
Kirsty McKerrow of Edinburgh Whisky Academy Ltd
The Edinburgh Whisky Academy is the only accredited whisky academy in the UK, a hub for training sommeliers and bar managers as well as whisky enthusiasts. Over 50% of the attendees to date have flown in from North America, Asia and the Middle East specifically for the courses.
Laura Wells of The Real Junk Food Project
The Real Junk Food Project Glasgow is responsible for gathering surplus food from supermarkets and food venues, which would otherwise have gone to landfill, and creating pay-as-you-feel meals that are open to all. In so doing they encourage the community to come together through the medium of food and raise awareness of the environmental impact of waste.
Nicole Sykes of Voyage of Buck
Nicole is making her mark in the male-dominated drinks industry; in 2016 she was the only female competitor in the Rock Rose Gin cocktail competition. She went on to the Olmeca Altos and Tapatio competitions, and reached the top three of the Southern Comfort Scottish Showdown. She was also the only woman from Scotland selected for the apprentice programme for the prestigious Tales of the Cocktail.
Ricky Scoular and Brian Trainor of A'Challtainn
Ricky and Brian of A’Challtainn Restaurant and Bar have brought a fine dining experience to the heart of a disadvantaged area in the East End of Glasgow, transforming an under-used space into a new hub for the community. Here they showcase Scottish seafood and local culinary talent such as the Fish Plaice in Saltmarket.
Stuart Muir of Dine
Muir’s love for food and cooking was borne of a childhood spent fishing and shooting with his father on Scotland’s rivers, and cooking with his mother. He won his first Michelin star and 3AA rosettes aged just 22. Stuart is now the executive chef and co-founder of Dine, offering luxury brasserie-style dining at affordable prices.
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