The Menu Food and Drink Awards


  • Jak O'Donnell

    From a very early age I remember being sent out to my grannies garden to pull rhubarb or turn the soil for tatties or pick up any apples I thought this was all pretty hard work… I was 4 at the time!! My reward/payment for this hard earned labour was a stick of this crisp tart rhubarb with a wee pokey of sugar made from newspaper I am sure this is where my love of great home cooking using local produce all began.

    Still rising to the challenges that the wonderful Scottish larder throws me, I never seem to tire of cooking fantastic produce from a country that so expertly grows, rears or cultivates. We have it all here from land, highlands & lowlands to our wonderful larder from the sea. I style my cooking on simple & Scottish and mostly allowing the produce to speak for itself or rather shout. Believe me it’s not too difficult!

    The Sisters Restaurants have been operating in Glasgow for the past 20years now with the Kelvingrove addition being only 14yrs Jordanhill is the longest serving to Customers & friend’s Great Scottish fayre cooked simply.

    I have ventured down a few different paths in the past 5 years via television and radio however always staying where I said my beliefs were good honest Scottish cooking so from BBC2 Great British Menu 2 consecutive years through to the finals being the only female asked from Scotland in the show being shown for 10 years. 

     BBC Radio Scotland, Weekly Foodie chat slot on the The Fred MacAulay show for 4years

    Jacqueline x


  • Coffee Shop of the Year

    1. Winner KitschnBake
    2. Pacamara
    3. Parlour Cafe
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  • Street Vendor of the Year

    1. Highly Commended Artisana Vintage Mobile Tea Room
    2. Wild and Smoky
    3. Lov Events
    4. Winner The Cheesy Toast Shack
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  • Fine Dining Restaurant

    1. Café Tabou
    2. Winner Gordons Restaurant
    3. The Tayberry
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  • Chef of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. Adam Newth – The Tayberry
    2. Garry Watson – Gordon's Restaurant
    3. Winner Paul Newman – Thyme at Errichel Restaurant
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  • Crafts Drinks Producer of the Year

    1. 71 Brewing
    2. Winner Cairn o Mohr
    3. Gin Bothy
    4. Law Brewing Co
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  • Local to Global

    Sponsored By:

    1. Winner Mackays Ltd
    2. Mackie's at Taypack
    3. Summer Harvest
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  • New Talent/Rising Star

    Sponsored By:

    1. Calum Runciman , The White Goose
    2. Highly Commended Euan Welsh , Restaurant Andrew Fairlie
    3. Jason Miles , Scran Fitness
    4. Winner Lewis Pickett , WeeCook Kitchen
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  • Farm to Fork Award

    Sponsored By:

    1. Winner Ardross Farm Shop
    2. Highly Commended Puddledub
    3. Summer Harvest
    4. The Little Herb Farm
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  • Mixologist / Sommelier of the Year

    Sponsored By:

    1. AJ - Jam Jar
    2. Chris Smith – Bruach Bar
    3. Winner Julie Lewis – The Adamson
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  • Pub of the Year

    1. Clarks on Lindsay Street, Dundee
    2. The Fort - Broughty Ferry
    3. Winner The Pitcairngreen Inn - Perthshire
    4. Three Bellies Brae - Kirriemuir
    5. Uisage - Murthly
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The Event


The Courier’s The Menu Food & Drink Awards will celebrate and recognise the best producers and purveyors of quality food and drink, with emphasis on originality, entrepreneurial flair and innovation across the Dundee, Perthshire, Fife and Angus area.

Hosted at a prestigious Old Course Hotel, St Andrews on the 15th March 2018, the awards ceremony will not only celebrate the winners but will also showcase five courses from five top chefs in the area. Each course will be a celebration of the individual chef, and very much served in style, with complementing wine.

For more information please contact Kim McMurray or call 01382 575369.

Key Dates

14 October:Entries Open
17 December:Entries Close
22 January:Shortlist Announced
15 March:Awards Ceremony


7:00 pm :Drink reception
7:30 pm :Welcome
7:45pm:5 Course Dinner & Awards commence
10:00 pm:Awards to Commence
11:00 pm :Entertainment & Networking
12:00 pm :Carriages
Email Kim McMurray or call 01382 575369


  • Endorsed by Scotland Food & Drink

    “Scottish food and drink is celebrated across the world and each region has its own diverse and exciting offering. The Menu Food and Drink Awards are a fantastic way to shine a light on the exceptional quality of produce available in Tayside, as well as celebrate those who are championing it.”

    Fiona Richmond, Head of Regional Food at Scotland Food & Drink

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  • Brand Ambassador Vicki Munro

    Vicki Munro is the Programme Leader and Lecturer in Professional Cookery at SRUC, joint Chair for the Scottish Hospitality Tourism Association and a board member of the Federation of Chefs Scotland.

    Vicki works closely with SRUC Research and SAC Consultancy. The education provision within her section at SRUC utilises the synergy of these functions and encourages the professional cookery students to consider the concept of ‘plough to plate’ – with an emphasis on seasonal Scottish products.

    Vicki’s enthusiasm is equal to her commitment to provide her students with the best learning and training experience possible by adding value to the skills and knowledge required by employers in an exciting and ever evolving industry.

    The ambition of the Hospitality team at Elmwood is to continue growing and working closely with food producers, caterers and entrepreneurs at local, national and international levels.    She is focussed on innovation, sustainable product development, and education within the hospitality, agriculture and rural sectors.

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  • Old Course Hotel

    Bordering the renowned 17th Road Hole of the Old Course, the Old Course Hotel overlooks the famous links courses, the West Sands Beach and the beautiful Scottish coastline. This prestigious AA Five Star-awarded hotel has 144 rooms including 35 suites and is recognised as one of Europe’s leading resorts. The Old Course Hotel features a combination of classically elegant and contemporary interiors, and French designer Jacques Garcia designed many of the hotel’s suites. Located just a short stroll from the historic university town of St Andrews, it’s a great vacation spot for golfers and non-golfers alike.

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The Judges

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    Andrew Scott

    Director, Victus Consultancy

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    Graeme Broom

    Wine Development Manager, Wine Importers

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    Ian Gibb

    Sector Manager for Food Studies and Hospitality, University of the Highlands and Islands Perth College

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    Ian MacDonald

    Food and Beverage Manager, St Andrews Links Trust 'The Home of Golf'

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    Martha Bryce

    Founder, Martha Bryce PR

The Chefs

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