If you are a chef passionate about Scottish hospitality, the Andrew Fairlie Scholarship is now open for applications!

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If you are a chef passionate about Scottish hospitality, the Andrew Fairlie Scholarship is now open for applications! This scholarship, offered by Hospitality industry trust Scotland, provides funding and support for chefs who want to develop their skills and knowledge in the Scottish hospitality industry. If you are interested in applying, make sure to do so before the deadline on September 25st, 2022!

The Andrew Fairlie Scholarship is now in its third year. The scholarship launched in 2019, with the late Andrew Fairlie spearheading the initiative in partnership with HIT Scotland – an industry charity he was closely associated with.

The judges will be looking for chef with similar values, both personally and professionally, that Andrew had, and his restaurant continues to display, so the right attitude is key, along with professionalism and integrity.

They want to hear about your aspirations as a chef, and who within the industry has inspired you recently. Your knowledge and creativity will be shown through the design of a dish which you will have to cook on Finals day.

So if you're passionate about cooking, have what it takes to be a successful chef and would like to be in with a chance of winning the Andrew Fairlie Scholarship, make sure you enter!

The prize

An Andrew Fairlie Scholar will receive a variety of once-in-a lifetime educational experiences over two years, enabling them to continue their career and gain industry wide recognition.

a stage at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles

a stage at Core by Clare Smyth in London

a practical stage in an international kitchen

a bespoke chef’s jacket from YourTex

Andrew Fairlie

Fairlie was born in Perth, Scotland, and grew up in the city's Letham area. At age 15, he began his training in Perth under chef Keith Podmore, having become interested in food after starting a job polishing glasses at a hotel. At age 20, he was awarded the first Roux Scholarship giving him the chance to train with French chef Michel Guérard at Les Pres d'Eugenie in Les Landes. Fairlie also spent time working at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris.

After returning to the UK, he held a number of positions before returning home to Scotland. At One Devonshire Gardens—where he was appointed head chef in 1994—he won his first Michelin star, the only one in Glasgow at the time. Fairlie opened his own restaurant at the Gleneagles Hotel in 2001 and received a Michelin star. Five years later the second star was awarded to Gleneagles Hotel,  the only two star restaurant I Scotland.

Andrew Fairlie died on 22 January 2019 from a brain tumor.


The Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) is a charity which was set up in 1994 by the industry leaders of the time. Its aim is to support people working and studying in the hospitality industry in Scotland to broaden their skills and experience by taking advantage of a tailored learning experience offered through the HIT scholarship programme.


The scholarship is open for chefs over the age of 21, professional working In Scotland, at any level.

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Joel Gudheimsson
I'm a vice principal at a culinary School writing about the things I think is interesting In the culinary industry, world wide.
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