With restaurants, food markets and producers galore – we like to think that here in Perth we are the perfect city for the foodies. Well, it just so happens, we now have the awards to back-up this claim.
On Sunday, Perth was crowned ‘Food Town of the Year’ at the 2018 Scottish Food Awards & Academy which was held at the Kings Hall in Edinburgh. And, not only that, but two of our favourite chefs here in the Small City office were also awarded prestigious accolades on the night.
Graeme Pallister of 63 Tay Street was named Perth’s Chef of the Year; with Praveen Kumar of Tabla crowned World Cuisine Chef of the Year too.
Local politician Pete Wishart MP was there to collect the award for Food Town of the Year on behalf of the City of Perth, in what was a great night for the food and drink scene throughout Perthshire. It was a fantastic night and to have been named Perth Chef of the Year is a great honour.
After being named Perth Chef of the Year 2018, Graeme Pallister was delighted to have been recognised for the quality of his food and his renowned tasting menus, enjoyed by the people of Perthshire and beyond.
“It was a fantastic night,” Graeme said, “and to have been named Perth Chef of the Year is a great honour. It’s not just down to me though and I have an incredible team at 63 Tay Street and without them this wouldn’t have been possible.
“It was a great night for Perth in general and to see the city named as Food Town of the Year can only be positive for everybody involved in the food and drink scene in Perthshire.”
Pete Wishart MP echoed Graeme’s sentiments.
The man behind the Indian Cook School and Tabla Restaurant in Perth - Praveen Kumar - was another winner on the night and he was joined by his wife, Swarna, to celebrate being crowned Scotland’s World Cuisine Chef of the Year. It was a proud night for my family and I, but also my fantastic team at Tabla.
“It was a proud night for my family and I, but also my fantastic team at Tabla,” said Praveen.
“We were delighted for everybody who picked up awards on the night, but especially for our fellow Perth winner Graeme and for Perth as a whole winning an award too. It really was a great night for the city!”
You can read more about both our award-winning chefs by reading their Big Personality articles below.
Photo is courtesy of Andy Loudon at Gastronomic Agency.
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