Competition Deadline update - Scottish Culinary Championships 2015
COMPETITION DEADLINE UPDATE
We are pleased to announce that the deadline for Scottish chef of the Year and the Young Scottish CHef of the Year is now THursday 15th January. All other competitions are the 6 February 2015
With ScotHot 2015 now being part of the exciting new Signature Programme we had develop the competitions to make the most of our new 2 day format. We have now included 3 areas within the competitions, the Live Theatre - showcasing your skills live infront of an audience of your peers. THe second area is Culinary Art, displaying fine technique and artistry in the cold display section, and finally the all new Skills Arena- giving you the opportunity to compete live in a non cooking environment with competitions including vegetable preparation, sushi, crab dressing and many more.
The new competition formats are being enhance by a new easy to use online entry system which will go live in the week commencing the 8th December 2014.
New Business Partner
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Win a trip to Bocuse D'Or
Could you win a scholarship to go on a journey to one of the world's most prestigious chef's competitions. The Federation of Chefs Scotland has teamed up with Manitowoc who are one of the competition's key sponsors to give 2 Scottish chefs the opportunity of a life time - to win a weeks trip to Lyon to see the Bocuse D'Or at the end of January 2015, you will also get special passes giving you access to VIP parts of the event and dine out with the UK team. We are inviting applications from Chef de partie and sous chefs who have actively competed and will be able to appreciate the atmosphere and the amazing talent that they will see at Bocuse D'Or.
Your application must be supported by your employer and you need to tell us why we should choose you. We are looking for someone who will be able to come to Scotland and share with others this great experience.
The closing date for applications is Friday 19th December 2014 Download your application here.
This is an amazing opportuity for a young chef from Scotland to watch and learn from the best in the World.
FCS Board Support Food from Fife Annual Dinner
The third annual St Andrews Food and Drink Festival dinner took place at the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa on Friday night and was attended by more than 125 immensely satisfied diners.
Perfectly described as a “a celebration of the best local, regional and Scottish produce”, the event brought together a host of talents led by executive chefs chefs Martin Hollis (Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa), Scott Davies (the Adamson), Alan Matthew (Fairmont St Andrews) and Ian Macdonald (St Andrews Links Trust) .
They were backed in the kitchen and front of house by students from Fife College and the SRUC Elmwood Hospitality team, who performed brilliantly in a superb learning experience.
During the dinner live filming of the kitchen brigade at work was beamed into the hotel’s ballroom by the Fife College team. Expert speakers introduced the menu courses and the aperitif and toast.Major features of the menu were canapés made with local produce and accompanied by a newly released Eden Mill gin, seafood including crabs and lobsters caught in St Andrews Bay, Highland beef, a Scottish apple and chocolate dessert, and a Wemyss Malts Lord Elcho whisky toast.At the pre-dinner reception and canapé station a number of local producers were able to showcase some of the fabulous produce from Fife’s coast and countryside.
St Andrews Food and Drink Festival co-ordinator Viv Collie, who is also one of the founders of “Food from Fife” said that the dinner had shown the remarkable spirit of co-operation in the local food scene. “The collaboration of the chefs, the further education colleges and the business community has gone from strength since the first dinner.“We have already had some wonderful feedback about the event, and we want to thank everyone who helped to make it such a success”
The dinner was part of the celebrations organised through St Andrews Partnership in the run up to St Andrew's Day
20th Anniversary Dinner - 24 November, Gleneagles
Thank you to all of the sponsors and attendees to the 20th Anniversary dinner held at Gleneagles on 24 November.The evening sponsored by Bidvest 3663 saw the Gleneagles team deliver the most fantastic dinner rounded off by the most inspiring speech by chef icon Anton Mossiman. The evening started with a showcase of inspiring products from our business partners showing the lastest innovations in products and highlighting some of the best scottish produce. we were also delighted to welcome Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment.
To see the evening in pictures click here