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from Ian Macleod Distillers


23rd January 2006

We are delighted to announce the
launch of Scotland's first
ever Scottish Food
Scholarship 2006
in the search for young culinary talent in Scotland. This
covetous award will provide a framework and incentive for young Scottish chefs
to reach their full career potential.


The Scottish Food Scholarshipcalls upon all young chefs under the age of 25, employed in Scotland, to
develop their culinary skills and talents. Judged by a selection of Scotland's
Michelin starred chefs, the Scottish Food Scholarship not only aims to nurture
talent but will open doors and opportunities for the winning chef. The Winner
will carry out a series of internships, working with some of the best in the
food and catering world, both at home and abroad.


"It's an important time to
encourage young chefs to develop and build their skills with the current
shortage of professionally-trained staff in the industry. The Scottish Food
Scholarship has been established to reward the effort and dedication of those
at the beginning of their careers," says Michelin Star chef Martin


Eligible chefs are invited to submit
entries by the 16th January 2006, available from the Scottish Food Scholarship
2006 website
The prestigious judging panel, which includes Martin Wishart, Tony Borthwick,
Keith Braidwood, Allan Donald, Jeff Bland, Matthew Gray and Chris Firth Bernard
will be looking for competence, an ability to work with seasonal ingredients
and individual flair in a designated time frame. The winner will carry out an
internship with both Martin Wishart and Andrew Fairlie of Gleneagles and will
win a trip to MelbourneAustralia to learn from Raymond Capaldi at Fenix
in Melbourne.


Each competitor will be asked to
prepare a starter and a main course from a mystery box of ingredients at the
Semi-Finals held at AberdeenCollege on the 30th January 2006, AyrCollege
on the 6th March and EdinburghTelfordCollege
on 27th February 2005. The final will be held at GlasgowMetropolitanCollege
on the 20th March 2006 followed by an Award Ceremony and Dinner at the
Corinthian in Glasgow
the same evening.


As a principal partner of this
inaugural award Crimson Edge PR and is supported by Braehead Foods Ltd, Visit
Scotland, Scottish Food & Drink, Seafish, Seafood Scotland, Catering in
Scotland Magazine, The Scottish Field, the G1 Group, Highland Spring, RH
Morton, Loch Fyne Oysters, Highland Game, Gourmet Classic, Al-Clad, Scotherbs,
Callebaut, Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd, Irvine Robertson Wines, Inverarity
Vaults, South Ayrshire Council, Aberdeen City Council , Villeroy & Boch,
Mitchell's Chicken, Avenance, Mark Murphy, Bragard and Tilda.