Food & Drink Excellence Awards

Tragic chef Andrew Fairlie honoured for food ‘passion’

Kate Fairlie at Excellence Awards

Kate Fairlie: picked up award on behalf of her late husband (pic: Terry Murden)


One of Scotland’s foremost chefs has been posthumously honoured for his contribution to the country’s food and drink industry.

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon presented an Outstanding Contribution Award to Andrew Fairlie who died in January, aged 55.

Ms Sturgeon told guests attending the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards that the former Gleneagles chef possessed a “passion for and promotion of Scottish food and drink that inspired many people both here and abroad.” The award was accepted by his widow, Kate Fairlie.

Jay Rayner

Host: Jay Rayner (pic: Terry Murden)


Ms Sturgeon added: “While Andrew was taken from us far too soon, his contribution to the industry and to Scotland will always be remembered.”

Hosted by restaurant critic, writer and broadcaster, Jay Rayner, the awards ceremony at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh attracted 800 guests.

First Minister and Andrew Fairlie

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon watching a short video of Andrew Fairlie (pic: Terry Murden)


There were 52 food and drink businesses from across Scotland named as finalists across the 19 product and business categories. The Scottish food and drink sector has reached a record high value, contributing £14.8bn to the Scottish economy.

Ms Sturgeon said: “Our food and drink industry is one of Scotland’s success stories, with recent figures showing this growth sector achieved record turnover, so it was fantastic to celebrate the people and businesses who are behind these achievements.”

She later tweeted: “Took a break from the campaign trail this evening for a very worthy cause. It was an honour to present a posthumous award for Outstanding Contribution to Scotland’s Food & Drink to the late Andrew Fairlie…and to pay tribute to the industry’s excellence and success.

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