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2017 Judges

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Screen Shot 2017-09-29 at 21.39.46COLIN BUSSEY

Colin has over 39 years experience in the food industry including at The Savoy and as head chef at Gleneagles Hotel. His work life has focussed on Scotland’s finest foods and establishments. Today he is a consulting chef to businesses across the UK, working on projects for the likes of P&O cruises, Chez Gerard & Brasserie Blanc, and even Emmerdale farm!

Lydie SmallLYDIE BOCQUILLON

Lydie is a classically taught French chef and owner of the Auld Alliance in Kingussie. Moving to Scotland almost 20 years ago, she is passionate about food and a fervent supporter of artisan Scottish produce. Over the years, Lydie has worked for BBC television as a food stylist and also appeared in the BBC Kitchen Café. As if that wasn’t enough she also co-organised Kingussie’s Food On Film festival for 10 years. 

SHIRLEY SPEAR
GUEST JUDGE

Screen Shot 2017-09-29 at 21.44.08Shirley owns world-renowned The Three Chimneys on Skye with her husband Eddie. Her restaurant has gained international acclaim and many accolades, including 3 AA Rosettes for food, plus worldwide recognition for her use of fresh, local ingredients of all kinds and  acknowledging Scotland’s best-loved traditional dishes.

Shirley and Eddie now divide their time between Skye and a home in North Berwick, East Lothian, where Shirley remains busy promoting and supporting the Scottish Food and Drink Industry, in conjunction with Hospitality and Tourism. For two busy years she was Chair of the Scottish Food Commission, charged with building Scotland into a Good Food Nation.  In 2015 she was honoured with an OBE for services to  Scottish Food and Drink.  At the 2016 Scottish Rural Awards, she received the award for Lifetime Achievement.

Throughout 2017, VisitScotland’s special Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology, Shirley is supporting the food and drink team at Highlands and Islands Enterprise as a special Ambassador, promoting the wonderful history and heritage of Scottish food and drink. Porridge, is of course, intrinsic to this history!

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