THE North-east’s best chefs and restaurants have been named after a high-pressure two-day cook-off.
The Falls of Feugh at Banchory was named restaurant of the year while Aberdeen’s Chester Hotel picked up the hotel restaurant title at the North East of Scotland Chef and Restaurant Awards.
Aberdeen’s No 1 Bar and Grill was named top in the best bar food category.
In order to be crowned top chef, nominees had to take part in two days’ worth of cooking trials.
At the end of that, judges chose Orry Shand of the Chester Hotel as their overall favourite, while Richie Gavryluk of Trump International’s MacLeod House and Lodge Hotel on the Menie Estate was named young chef of the year.
The Chester’s Kevin Dalgleish took the seafood chef of the year title and Julien Miran of Entier was hailed the region’s top pastry cook.
Michelin-starred chef Bruce Sangster and UK Masterchef Jeff Purves helped judge the food and the winners picked up their prizes at a ceremony at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel and Spa at Blairs, near Aberdeen.
Cook-off judges also included Ian MacDonald and David Littlewood, president and vice-president respectively at the Federation of Chefs Scotland.
They were joined by Gleneagles’ chef Andrew Fairlie, Tennent’s Training Academy executive chef Joe Queen and Macdonald Hotels executive chef Kevin MacGillivray.
Mr MacDonald said: “Every year the standard of the North East of Scotland Chef of the Year competition improves and, this year, the bar was raised to a new height.”