The Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards are arguably Scotland’s most coveted. Devised to mark the incredible achievements of the independent minded individuals who inspire through their contributions to Scottish cultural life, finalists are nominated by respected industry figures, with the opportunity open to everyone to vote for the winner. The Food Award seeks to recognise a chef talent who ‘showcases the finest of Scottish produce.’

‘It is an honour to have been given this accolade’ said the chef/patron of Ardeonaig Hotel on receiving the award. ‘However I must point out it is certainly not only about one person! I have a great team to whom I am forever grateful. My respect for the farmers, crofters and fishermen continues to grow, along with our fantastic local suppliers who are often the invisible food heroes of Scotland. These are the people who produce the goods that continue to truly inspire Scotland’s chefs…’

With the recent acquisition of nearby Ardtalnaig Estate, Gottgens is actively involved in growing, rearing, foraging and slaughtering the produce destined for Ardeonaig’s tables.

Gottgens was also awarded Scotland’s ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ in October along with The Wine Award.

Read more about the Ardtalnaig Estate in our feature, ‘Taking a Shot at the Glorious Twelfth’.