ScotHot, Scotland’s leading showcase for food, drink, hospitality, retail and tourism, returned to the SEC Glasgow earlier this month after a four-year hiatus. The event welcomed around 7,000 visitors and featured hundreds of exhibitors showcasing local Scottish produce and the latest innovative products. One of the highlights of ScotHot was the Scottish Chef of the Year competition, sponsored by Lomond Foods.
The prestigious competition challenged eight finalists to prepare a four-course meal judged on presentation, seasonality, balance and creativity of menus among other factors. The contestants had three hours to impress a panel of experts led by Neil Thomson, Chief Executive at Scottish Chefs. Thomson praised the quality of the competitors and said: “The final of the 2023 Scottish Chef of the Year at ScotHot had one of the strongest fields ever. The culinary talent on show proves that Scotland has some fine chefs.”
One of the finalists was Jonathan Brett, Executive Chef at The Globe Inn, Dumfries who was making his first appearance in a competition. Jonathan impressed the judges with his skills and creativity and secured third place in the overall ranking. He also won an award for “Scotland’s Best Amuse Bouche”.
David Ashton-Hyde, General Manager of The Globe Inn and Annandale Distillery expressed his pride and admiration for Brett’s achievements. He said:
“With Jonathan at the helm The Globe Inn has had a wonderful year of awards, accolades and reviews which have seen us added to the MICHELIN Guide. To make the final of Chef of Year was super, and to come third is such an amazing achievement and is testament to his knowledge, skill and work ethic. Jonathan is a humble gent and one of the finest chefs I’ve had the pleasure of working with. I would encourage foodies and fans of fine dining to come along and try his food. We are extremely proud to have the only chef in the final from south Scotland here at The Globe Inn.”
Fraser Cameron, Senior Sous Chef at The Globe Inn, Dumfries picked up his “Champion Chef” award at ScotHot. This award honoured him as one of Scotland’s most talented up-and-coming chefs.
ScotHot also featured inspirational discussions and presentations on various topics related to food, drink hospitality retail tourism delivered by industry specialists. It also hosted live cooking demonstrations classes chef competitions that added value excitement visitors. ScotHot celebrated its 50th anniversary this year marked occasion by revealing its ‘hotlist’ 50 rising stars hospitality industry. These were individuals who demonstrated passion innovation excellence their fields contributed growth success sector.
ScotHot was a successful event that showcased Scotland’s rich diverse vibrant hospitality industry celebrated its achievements challenges future opportunities.