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North East of Scotland Chef of the Year

 Entries are now CLOSED for North East of Scotland Chef and Restaurant of the Year 2019

As one of Scotland’s most prestigious and respected culinary contests, the North East of Scotland Chef of the Year & Restaurant of the Year competitions will once again be putting the spotlight on the fresh talent coming out of the region’s kitchens. 

The event, which was launched in its current format in 2002, is the largest regional culinary competition of its type in Scotland and aims to raise levels of culinary excellence and encourage the use of the quality local ingredients being produced in the north east. Each year, the best and most creative chefs compete for the best Chef titles which can open doors to future success and create many industry opportunities.

The two-day competition, which takes place on the 26th and 27th May 2019, includes a glittering awards dinner at Elphinstone Hall in Aberdeen. 

The main categories in this year’s awards are:


  • Chef of the Year
  • Young Chef of the Year
  • Pastry Chef of the Year
  • Seafood Chef of the Year
  • Scotch Beef Chef of the Year
  • Restaurant of the Year
  • Hotel Restaurant of the Year
  • Bar Food Award
  • Best Afternoon Tea


The final of the chefs’ cook-offs will be judged by a panel from the Federation of Chefs Scotland using international culinary marking criteria.  Prizes for the winners include specially commissioned trophies and Federation of Chefs Scotland medals.


For all the latest news about the competitions click here.

To watch the YouTube clips of the finalists dishes click here.


For full details of the rules and timings click here


For information on how to apply and the online entry form click here


2018 saw some of the highest standards in cooking in the region.  The full listing of winners from each section is available here.

2018 Winners

2017 Winners

2016 Winners

2015 Winners

2014 Winners 


There are a variety of prizes on offer to the winners of each category. Prize List