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Andrew Fairlie Scholarship Application 2019

Closed for 2019

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Launched at the HIT Talent Conference 2019, the Andrew Fairlie Scholarship has been in the planning for some time with the late Andrew Fairlie spearheading the initiative in partnership with HIT Scotland – an industry charity he was closely associated with.

Sponsored jointly by HIT Scotland, the Scottish Government and The Gleneagles Hotel, and positioned as the ultimate scholarship that any aspiring chef could receive, the Andrew Fairlie Scholarship will be awarded annually to a male and female chef in light of Andrew’s unwavering commitment to diversity in the kitchen.

Applications are now open!  Read on to find out how to apply.  The judges want to see your passion, creativity and knowledge of Scottish produce, all delivered with professionalism and integrity at all times.  They will be looking for a male and female chef with similar values, both personally and professionally, that Andrew had, and his restaurant continues to display.

To read more about how the scholarship came about, click here.

The prize

Both chefs will receive a variety of once-in-a-lifetime culinary experiences over a year,  enabling them to continue to grow in their career. Recipients will gain industry-wide recognition as an Andrew Fairlie Scholar and enjoy bespoke experiences including:

  • a stage at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles

  • a stage at Core by Clare Smyth in London

  • a practical stage in an international kitchen OR

  • a placement at the Culinary Institute of America

  • cooking at Bute House, the official residence of The First Minister

  • you will receive a mentor to help you with some business knowledge

  • a bespoke chef’s jacket

  • and there will also be opportunities to meet and learn from suppliers to demonstrate the field to fork ethos

Opportunities may vary year to year but will always be inspirational in nature.

The judging panel

Tom Kerridge (Chef Patron, The Hand and Flowers), Sat Bains (Chef Patron, Restaurant Sat Bains)

Stephen McLaughlin (Head Chef, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie), Lorna McNee (Sous Chef, Restaurant Andrew Fairlie)

Gary McLean (National Chef of Scotland, MasterChef the Professionals Winner), Keith Podmore (Andrew Fairlie’s Mentor, former Chef de Cuisine at Boodles)

Conor O’Leary (General Manager, The Gleneagles Hotel), Representative of Scottish Government, David Cochrane (Chief Executive, HIT Scotland)

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Meet the Judges

Click to get to know the judges and what they are looking for in an Andrew Fairlie Scholar.

David Cochrane Q&A Tom Kerridge Q&A Keith Podmore Q&A Gary Maclean Q&A

Conor O’Leary Q&A Sat Bains Q&A Lorna McNee Q&A Stephen McLaughlin Q&A

Judging process

The judging process will involve some of the most talented Chefs in the UK, with an array of Michelin Stars between them.

Initially, there will be a paper judgement.  This will explore your knowledge of menu design and also give an impression of your passion for the industry, food, and Scottish produce.  From this, up to 8 chefs will be chosen to take part in the Grand Final.

The Grand Final will take place at The Gleneagles Hotel in October 2019, and will include a skills test where you can show your ability, and a personal interview to establish your values and your hopes for your future career within the industry.

The Andrew Fairlie Scholarship judging panel will decide who will win based on the skills test, the quality of their application, and the passion that they have shown for the industry.  This will be one male and one female chef, and this will be announced at the end of the Grand Final day.

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How to apply

Anyone over the age of 21 who is working as a chef in Scotland is eligible. To enter you must complete the application form and return it by the closing date of midnight on 28th June 2019.  Please read the scholarship guidance document (click to view) before you apply.

On the form we ask you some details about yourself, your career, and why you think you should win this scholarship.  We also want to see your creativity and knowledge in the kitchen, by asking you to design and cost a balanced 3 course lunch menu for 4 people, using Scottish produce, with a mid summer’s day theme.

Download the application form (it’s a Word document) by clicking here.

Email your completed form to andrewfairliescholarship@hitscotland.co.uk

Any questions please also email andrewfairliescholarship@hitscotland.co.uk

Applications closed at midnight on Friday 28th June 2019