Top accolades for two Aberdeenshire restaurants

Colin Lyall from Tor Na Coille.

Chefs from two of the north-east’s top restaurants received accolades in the North East of Scotland Chef and Restaurant of the Year Awards 2018.

Colin Lyall, head chef at Banchory’s Tor Na Coille Hotel, was awarded a silver award in the North East Chef of the Year competition which the hotel’s Sam Ritchie took silver in the Pork Chef of the Year category.

The venue’s success follows hot on the heels of the announcement that Tor Na Coille was to receive two Rosettes from the AA for delivering a top dining experience.

The hotel’s sister venue, The Kildrummy Inn in Alford – which is also an AA Rosette restaurant – celebrated its success with 18-year-old Sarah Morris being named Young Chef of the Year at the ceremony.

David Littlewood, chef owner of the Tor Na Coille and The Kildrummy Inn, said: “To see our chefs being so highly recognised in the North East of Scotland Chef and Restaurant of the Year Awards is absolutely incredible.

“Each of them has dedicated thousands of hours to ensure they are cooking at the top of their game, and this is the proof that all their training and practice has paid off.

“I couldn’t be prouder of both our teams’ hard work and achievements over the past year.

“I would like to pay particular credit to Alexandria Hay, head chef at the Kildrummy Inn, who has spent a huge amount of time training Sarah since she joined us last year.

“As one of the competition’s youngest competitors, this was Sarah’s first time competing and Alexandria was on hand to offer guidance at all points in the lead-up to the final.

“Tor Na Coille and The Kildrummy Inn continue to be recognised as great foodie destinations in the north east of Scotland, and we will work hard over the next year to further cement this reputation for providing exceptional casual fine dining.”