First two chefs win the Andrew Fairlie scholarship

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Editor 25th October 2019

Yesterday, Emma Rose-Milligan of Chez Roux at Inverlochy Castle and junior sous-chef at Aberdeenshire's Douneside House in Aboyne, Joseph Harte, became the two first recipients of the Andrew Fairlie Scholarship.

The two young Andrew Fairlie scholars took part in the finals yesterday, under the watchful eye of judges Tom Kerridge,

Tom Kerridge and Sat Bains

Michelin-starred chefs

Tom Kerridge and Sat Bains

Stevie McLaughlin, Sat Bains and Scotland's National chef Gary Maclean.

The scholarship was founded by HIT Scotland (with support from the Scottish first minister and government as well as from Gleneagles) earlier this year, after the passing of renowned and much-beloved chef Andrew Fairlie, to celebrate his significant and lasting contribution to the hospitality industry.

Michelin-starred chefs Sat Bains and Tom Kerridge agreed to be part of the board of judges in memoriam of their friend and fellow chef.

Emma Rose-Milligan, a demi chef de partie at Chez Roux at Inverlochy Castle and Joseph Harte, a junior sous-chef Aberdeenshire's Douneside House in Aboyne, both 23 years of age, most impressed the judges with their interpretation of the brief, which required them and four other finalists to recreate one of Andrew Fairlie's classic dishes, before preparing another that showcased their own cooking style.

The two lucky scholars will be given the chance to stage in an international kitchen of their choosing, as well as at the Culinary Institute of America and at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles. Additionally, they will have the opportunity to cook at the Scottish first minister's official residence, The Bute House. 

Sat said it was "an honour and a privilege" to be a part of the event, pledging to return next year: 

Meanwhile, chef Tom Kerridge said "the great man would be very proud" of the level of cooking demonstrated by the young chefs competing this year. 

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 25th October 2019

First two chefs win the Andrew Fairlie scholarship