ScotHot's 50 Rising Stars



Scothot's 50th anniversary sees the rise of 50 industry superstars

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A judging panel of industry leaders have revealed ScotHot’s 50 Rising Stars, recognising the country’s most talented up-and-comers

A fortnight ahead of the event, ScotHot23 has unveiled its list of 50 Rising Stars – celebrating some of the most talented newcomers to Scotland’s food, drink, hospitality, retail and tourism industries.

Following an extensive shortlisting and judging process, with well over 200 applications considered, a ‘hot list’ of 50 Rising Stars has today (22nd February) been revealed by ScotHot, comprising Hospitality Heroes, Champion Chefs, Tourism Trendsetters, as well as those Rising Up in Retail and Brilliant in Beverage.

Head Judge David Cochrane, MBE, Chief Executive of HIT Scotland, said: “Reading all the submissions was uplifting – it certainly reveals a great statement on the health of the hospitality, retail and tourism sectors in Scotland. There was an abundance of talent, personality and enthusiasm in all of the 50 Rising Stars that was inspirational to all of the judges”

Here are the ScotHot 50 Rising Stars!......


Sophie Aire

Sophie Aire, Stack and Still Limited

Hospitality Heros

Lorna Allison

Lorna Allison, Brakes Scotland

Rising Up in Retail

Stefanie Anderson

Stefanie Anderson, Gleneagles Townhouse

Brilliant in Beverage

William Bailey

William Bailey, Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course

Champion Chefs

Ross Boyd

Ross Boyd, Amuse by Kevin Dalgleish

Champion Chefs


Jack Bray

Jack Bray, Voco Grand Central Hotel IHG

Brilliant in Beverage

Franck Bruyere

Franck Bruyere, St James Quarter

Rising up in Retail

Martin Buchanan

Martin Buchanan, The Oak Tree Inn

Hospitality Heroes

Fraser Cameron

Fraser Cameron, The Globe Inn/1610 Restaurant

Champion Chefs

Debbie Cole

Debbie Cole, Dolphin Spirit

Tourism Trendsetters

Louis Arnold 3Jason Coles, Wreckspeditions

Tourism Trendsetters

Jamie Crothall

Jamie Crothall, Virgin Hotels, Edinburgh

Brilliant in Beverage

Leon Daly

Leon Daly, Douneside House

Brilliant in Beverage

Rory Fraser

Rory Fraser, Loch Melfort Hotel

Champion Chefs 

Chris G

Chris Geary, Raw Culture

Brilliant in Beverage

Guillermo Carmona

Guillermo Gonzalez Carmona, Ka Pao

Hospitality Heroes

Damian Kelly

Damian Kelly, Airhouses

Hospitality Hereos

Grant Kidd

Grant Kidd, Ocho Inveraray

Champion Chefs

Fraser Macdonald

Fraser Macdonald, Preston Mill & Phantassie Doocot - National Trust for Scotland

Tourism Trendsetters

Bruce MacRury

Bruce MacRury, Rusacks St Andrews

Hospitality Hereos

Zreen Mansha

Zreen Mansha, Travel Scotland® 

Tourism Trendsetters

Primrose Masunda

Primrose Masunda, The Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar

Hospitality Hereos

Rebecca McRitchie

Rebecca McRitchie, The Pierhouse Hotel

Hospitality Hereos

David Morgan

David Morgan, Voco Grand Central Hotel

Hospitality Hereos

Hayleigh Mullen

Hayleigh Mullen, Kimpton Blythswood Square Hotel

Hospitality Hereos

Dinali Nadishani

Dinali Nadishani, The Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar

Rising Up in Retail

Louis Arnold

Mandy Paterson, QME Care (Queens House Kelso Ltd)

Champion Chefs

Daniel Phillips

Daniel Phillips, Room with a View

Champion Chefs

Georgia Phillips

Georgia Phillips, Dalata Hotel Group/Maldron Hotel Glasgow

Hospitality Hereos

Catriona Piper

Catriona Piper, Crerar Hotels

Hospitality Hereos

Hazel Powell

Hazel Powell, Baern at Bowhouse, St Monan's, Fife

Champion Chefs 

Gregg Rankin

Gregg Rankin, Revolution

Brilliant in Beverage

Louis Arnold 2Deborah Reidie, Inspired Community Enterprise Trust

Champion Chefs

Claire Rennie

Claire Rennie, Summerhouse Drinks

Brilliant in Beverage

Melina Riddoch

Melinda Riddoch, Meldrum House Country Hotel and Golf Course

Hospitality Hereos

Fleur Rush

Fleur Rush, Macallan Distillery Ltd

Tourism Trendsetters

Anna Sanina

Anna Sanina, Bella Chocolate

Rising Up in Retail 

Andrew Seward

Andrew Seward, The Fife Arms Hotel, Braemar

Tourism Trendsetters

Marcus Sherry

Marcus Sherry, Artfarm - The Fife Arms & The Fish Shop

Champion Chefs

Grace Sikorski McCullough

Grace Sikorski McCulloch, Lochalsh Reuse & Recycle Hub

Rising Up in Retail 

Kev Stacey

Kev Stacey, 42 Cycling 

Tourism Trendsetters

Mhairi Strohm

Mhairi Strohm, Hub International

Hospitality Hereos

Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson, Mingary Castle

Hospitality Hereos

Alex Thompson

Alex Thomson, The Glenturret Distillery

Tourism Trendsetters

Kieran Wight

Kieran Wight, Scottish Rugby Hospitality, BT Murrayfield Stadium

Champion Chefs

Leon Wilkes Back

Leon Wilkes Back, Virgin Hotels

Brilliant in Beverage

David Wilson

David Wilson, Virgin Hotels Glasgow

Champion Chefs 

Lucy Wilson

Lucy Wilson, Wilson's Farm & Kitchen

Champion Chefs

Beata Winiarska

Beata Winiarska, Forest Farm Gelataria

Rising Up in Retail 

Dylan Wynne

Dylan Wynne, Cobbs Group

Hospitality Hereos 


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