Results from Scottish Excellence Awards

The best of Scottish Hospitality

Last night saw the Scottish Excellence Awards, in partnership with celebrate the leading people, products, services and organisations in Scottish hospitality.

Judged by a panel of independent experts from across the industry, the Scottish Excellence Awards are open to any business or organisation throughout the sector. Here are this year’s winners.

Results 2023

The Banqueting and Events Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by Seafood Scotland

Craig Steedman   WINNER

Bran Jankovic
Graham Singer

The Engagement and Retention Award, sponsored by

Hickory   WINNER
Highland Coast Hotels

The Patisserie Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by Saltire Patisserie

Sebastian Kobelt.  WINNER
Tomas Kunovsky
Shona Sutherland

The Sustainable Business Award, co-sponsored by Eco Energy Sense and Green Tourism

The Scottish Crannog Centre   WINNER

Visit Inverness Loch Ness.  HIGHLY COMMENDED
Glen Mhor Hotel and Apartments

The Restaurant Newcomer of the Year Award, sponsored by The 1295 Caviar Company

Mingary Castle.  WINNER


AMUSE By Kevin Dalgleish
The Azalea at Glenapp Castle

The Independent Hotel of the Year Award, sponsored by Hotelfone and Pelican Procurement

Rufflets.  WINNER

Glenapp Castle
Banchory Lodge

The Well-being in Hospitality Award, sponsored by Inspire Catering

Mercat Tours   WINNER

Buzzworks Ltd
Crerar Hotels

The Group Hotel of the Year Award, sponsored by In Stock Group

Radisson RED Glasgow   WINNER

Duisdale House Hotel   HIGHLY COMMENDED
The Royal Marine Hotel, Brora

The Restaurant of the Year Award, sponsored by TLT

Edinbane Lodge   WINNER


Station Road at The Lovat

UNALOME by Graeme Cheevers

The Employee of the Year Award, sponsored by

Andreas Maszczyk   WINNER

Carmen Cordero

The Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by BaxterStorey

Paul Wedgwood   WINNER

Dean Banks
Derek Johnstone
Calum Montgomery

The Lifetime Excellence Award, sponsored by The Female Social Network

Ken McCulloch   WINNER




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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