ScotHot’s Scottish Chef of the Year finalists have been announced, with the judging panel describing this year’s competition as the strongest yet.

ScotHot, Scotland's leading showcase for food, drink, hospitality, retail, and tourism, is set to return to the SEC Glasgow from 8 - 9 March 2023.

Following a four-year hiatus, the Scottish Chef of the Year, sponsored by Lomond Foods, will take over the Live Theatre on the show’s second day to once again challenge and celebrate chefs from across Scotland.

The riveting three-hour competition requires chefs to prepare a four-course meal judged on presentation, seasonality, balance, and creativity of menus alongside other factors.

The competition’s finalists were carefully selected from hundreds of recipe and photo entries, with eight chefs from across the country chosen to take part in the live competition.

In addition to the esteem from the prestigious competition, the winning chef is set to receive a prize of £1,500.

Head judge Neil Thomson, Chief Executive at Scottish Chefs, said: ‘’The final of the 2023 Scottish Chef of the Year at ScotHot has one the strongest fields of competitors we have ever had. The culinary talent that is on show on Thursday 9th March proves that Scotland has some fine chefs. Any one of the finalists would be a worthy winner.”

Guests at the showcase are welcome to watch the action take place in the Live Theatre as chefs compete for Scottish Chef of the Year 2023.

The ScotHot’s Chef of The Year Finalists for 2023 are as follows:

  • Jonathan Brett - The Globe Inn
  • Ross Cochrane - 1X The Chester Hotel
  • Ben Gallier - The Gleneagles Hotel
  • Craig Gibb - Borthwick Castle
  • Chris Loye - Flavour
  • David Millar - Jupiter Artland
  • Graham Mitchell - Tarragon by Graham Mitchell
  • Craig Palmer - Entier Wild Thyme