Can Glasgow break a long-standing duck and win Scotland’s Restaurant of the Year? That’s the question industry insiders are asking as the deadline looms for entries to this year’s CIS Excellence Awards.
The last time a Glasgow restaurant won the title was back in 2004, when the award went to Sir Terence Conran’s Étain.
In the past two years, the Restaurant Newcomer award has gone to Glasgow restaurants The Gannet and Ox and Finch, but the overall category has eluded the city for 11 years.
‘It’s very difficult to understand,’ explains Brian Maule (pictured), winner of the CIS Excellence Chef of the Year Award in 2012. ‘There are a great variety of restaurants in Glasgow and they’re opening at a terrific rate. I counted 20 openings in the past 18 months alone.
‘Clearly, those establishments voted Restaurant of the Year in the past were rated best by the judges at the time but a dining experience can be very subjective.
‘Depending when you eat you can have the best food but poor service, or vice versa; there are lots of factors involved. Getting them all right at the same time demands good management and a range of skills.’
As the main competition combining Scotland’s catering, hospitality and tourism industries, the CIS Excellence Awards are seen as the ultimate accolade for hotels, restaurants, gastro pubs and individuals working in the sector in Scotland.
Entries for all 16 categories close at midnight on Friday 11th March. The presentation ceremony, at the Hilton Glasgow on Thursday 26th May, will be hosted by broadcasters Catriona Shearer and Grant Stott.
For information about the CIS Excellence Awards, email nominations@cis-excellenceawards or call 0131 561 7348.