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HIT Scotland announces The Fairlie Scholarship
Recognising Andrew Fairlie’s significant contribution to the hospitality industry, Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland has unveiled details of the inaugural Fairlie Scholarship, a career-changing opportunity for aspiring chefs in Scotland.
Launched in February at the HIT Talent Conference 2019, the Fairlie Scholarship had been in the planning for some time with the late Andrew Fairlie spearheading the initiative in partnership with HIT Scotland – an industry charity with which he was closely associated.
Sponsored jointly by HIT Scotland, the Scottish Government and Gleneagles, and positioned as one of the ultimate scholarships any aspiring chef could receive, the Fairlie Scholarship will be awarded annually both to a male and female chef in light of Andrew’s unwavering commitment to diversity in the kitchen.
As the first, and youngest, recipient of a Roux scholarship in 1984, Andrew recognised the life-changing opportunity such an award provides. It is hoped that the Fairlie Scholarship will complement the incredible Roux scholarship protocols with a Scotland focus.
The scholarship, run through HIT Scotland, will recognise two outstanding individuals who are forging ahead with their culinary career and either studying and/or working in Scotland. The recipients will gain industry-wide recognition as Fairlie Scholars and experience once-in-a-lifetime opportunities such as a practical stage in an international kitchen, a placement at the Culinary Institute of America and at Restaurant Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles.
In support of the Fairlie Scholarship, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Andrew Fairlie was taken from us far too soon. Yet his contribution – to the food industry, and to Scotland – will always be remembered. We are determined to ensure that his legacy endures.”
Having worked closely with Andrew on the development of this scholarship, David Cochrane, chief executive of HIT Scotland, added: “In a world where honesty, integrity and sheer hard work to achieve success are not always apparent, Andrew Fairlie summed up these qualities in abundance and influenced many chefs locally, nationally and internationally.”
Gleneagles and Ennismore’s CEO, Sharan Pasricha, said: “Andrew Fairlie was a treasured part of our Gleneagles family, whose remarkable talents, passion for excellence and unwavering efforts to nurture the talents of others inspired the wider team every day. Through our co-sponsorship of this scholarship alongside the Scottish Government, we’re proud to ensure the flame that Andrew established continues to burn as we support and celebrate the next generation of world-class chefs in Scotland.”
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