Prestigious national award for Cringletie head chef Iain Gourlay

The CRINGLETIE Hotel’s Executive Chef, Iain Gourlay, won a silver medal at the prestigious International Salon Culinaire competition held at ExCeL London on Wednesday 23rd March.

The competition, which celebrated its 120th anniversary, brought together chefs from across the UK and gave them the chance to test their skills in a lively, live show environment.

It has been judged by highly respected chefs and hospitality professionals, including HRC Chef Ambassador Michel Roux Jr, as well as seasoned chefs from institutions such as the Royal Lancaster London, Royal Household, London Hilton Park Lane and Cowarth Park, Ascot.

Iain’s dish

The Live Theater kitchens have been equipped with state-of-the-art professional catering equipment.

Iain’s award came in the LT11 Alaska Seafood Masters category and involved preparing a designer fish dish.

Iain told the Peeblesshire News: “I am delighted and very proud to have won a silver medal in one of the UK’s most prestigious competitions. For my design dish, I had a choice of four types of fish from the Alaska region and had 45 minutes to prepare and cook the dish. Mine was stuffed scallops with Alaskan yellowtail sole, crispy mussels and mini fondant potatoes with a split goat cheese yogurt sauce.

“I think it’s good for the Scottish Borders and hopefully it will be of interest to young chefs. I knew I wanted to be a chef when I was 14 and I never changed my mind.

Peeblesshire News: Ian with his awardIan with his award

“But because of Covid a lot of chefs have left the industry and it’s not recovered yet. So I believe it is important to interest and involve young people and this award is important because it highlights what can be achieved.

Iain, who lives in Peebles, worked at the Cringletie Hotel for four years to help them achieve two AA Rosettes which are awarded to: ‘excellent restaurants that aim for and achieve higher standards and better consistency’.

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