Scholarship in honour of Andrew Fairlie launched to help aspiring chefs

Sponsored jointly by HIT Scotland, the Scottish Government and Gleneagles, where Fairlie ran his two Michelin-starred restaurant, the Fairlie Scholarship is being positioned as ‘the ultimate scholarship any aspiring chef could receive’ and will be awarded annually to a male and female chef in honour of Fairlie’s commitment to diversity in the kitchen.

The scholarship, run through HIT Scotland, will recognise two outstanding individuals ‘who are forging ahead with their culinary career’ and either studying and/or working in Scotland. The recipients will gain industry-wide recognition as Fairlie Scholars and experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as a practical stage in an international kitchen, a placement at the Culinary Institute of America and at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles.

Michelin star chef Tom Kerridge will be involved in the judging process for the scholarship, alongside MasterChef winner and National Chef of Scotland Gary McLean. The panel of judges will also include Stephen McLaughlin, head chef at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Gleneagles’ general manager Conor O’Leary, HIT Scotland chief executive David Cochrane and representation from the Scottish Government. More Michelin star chefs are to be confirmed as judges in the future.

Fairlie passed away in January after losing his battle with a terminal brain tumour​.

“Andrew Fairlie was taken from us far too soon.  Yet his contribution – to the food industry, and to Scotland – will always be remembered. And we are determined to ensure that his legacy endures,” says Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

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