Fife has come up trumps in the shortlists for this year’s Catering in Scotland (CIS) Excellence Awards.


In Restaurant of the Year is Craig Millar’s 16 West End at St Monans, and SRUC’s Elmwood Campus features in Excellence in Hospitality Education.


Zest Café in St Andrews has scored a double success, with manager Caroline White shortlisted in Employee of the Year, and the café itself in Innovation and Training.

Elsewhere two of Scotland’s top Michelin-Starred chefs are in the running for their first pub food title after their Edinburgh restaurant was shortlisted in the Pub Excellence Category of national awards.

They are Tom Kitchin and Dominic Jack, respectively behind The Kitchin and Castle Terrace restaurants in Edinburgh, launched their Scran & Scallie Public House with Dining in the capital’s Stockbridge last year. The gastropub offers home-cooked Scottish food – or ‘scran’ – and traditionally brewed ales.

It has been shortlisted in the category of the Catering in Scotland (CIS) Excellence Awards along with the Cock and Bull at Balmedie in Aberdeenshire and the Bridge Inn at Ratho, Midlothian, winner of the category in 2012.

Another new venture by a leading Edinburgh chef, Mark Greenaway, has been shortlisted in the Restaurant Newcomer category. His Bistro Moderne in North West Circus Place is in the final four, together with two other Edinburgh restaurants (Bistro Provence and Field), and The Gannet in Glasgow’s Finnieston.

Greenaway, who has  represented Scotland on BBC2’s Great British Menu TV series, is in the final four for Chef of the Year along with Ian McAndrew of Blackaddie House Hotel at Sanquhar in Dumfries-shire, Derek Donaldson of the Glasgow Hilton hotel, and Neil Forbes of Cafe St Honore, Edinburgh.

Two of the three finalists in the Independent Hotel of the Year category are from Perthshire  – Ballathie House Hotel at Kinclaven on the banks of the River Tay and Parklands Hotel in Perth. The other contender is Loch Melfort Hotel and restaurant at Arduaine, near Oban.

Graeme Pallister, The CIS’ 2013 Chef of the Year, sees his 63 Tay Street in Perth shortlisted for Restaurant of the Year, opening up the prospect of another notable double, as it shares ownership with Parklands Hotel. Other finalists for Restaurant of the Year are Craig Millar’s 16 West End at St Monans in Fife, the Horseshoe at Eddleston near Peebles, and Mithas in Edinburgh.

Meanwhile, four Scottish learning centres are in the running for the Excellence in Hospitality Education Award. Winners of the 2013 trophy, City of Glasgow College, are up against Fife-based SRUC Elwood College, Perth College and the Edinburgh School of Food & Wine.


The CIS Excellence Awards are the main competition combining Scotland’s catering, hospitality and tourism industries. The Advisory Board includes Andrew Fairlie of the eponymous restaurant at Gleneagles Hotel, Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Chief Executive David Cochrane, James Thomson of Edinburgh’s Prestonfield Hotel, and Stephen Carter, Chairman of De Vere Cameron House.

They will be announced and presented at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on 29 May.

Other shortlists:

Healthier Scotland



Inspire Catering @ Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn, Perthshire (Inspire Catering)

Martha’s, St Vincent Street, Glasgow



Innovation in Training


ESS Support Services Worldwide

Fresh Olives Apprenticeship Awards Programme (Entier Limited)

Zest cafe, St Andrews




Contract Catering Chef of the Year


Rikki Pirie, Entier Limited – Apache Caledonia House, Kingswells, Aberdeen

John Buskie, Sodexo Prestige

Stuart Aitken,  BaxterStorey Scotland



Sustainable Business


Gill Orde in Catering Ltd, Kelso

Cafe St Honore, Edinburgh

Radisson Blu Hotel, Edinburgh



Independent Event-Caterer of the Year


Saltire Hospitality, Newbridge, Edinburgh

Prep Catering Ltd, Beauly, Inverness-shire

Gill Orde in Catering Ltd, Kelso




Employee of the Year



Mandy Gray, Compass UK & Ireland – Defence & Offshore (Site Manager at Edinburgh Castle)

Taff Doyle, Group Manager of ARAMARK

Caroline White, Manager of Zest, St Andrews



Business Innovation


Pelican Procurement Services, Elstead, Surrey

Modernisation of School Catering Areas  – Cordia (Services) LLP, Glasgow

Compass Group UK & Ireland

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