Andrew Fairlie topped the first ever Hot Scot Power 40 run by ScotHot – the premier exhibition for Scottish hospitality and tourism – to mark the events 40th birthday.
The list – compiled in association with Caterer & Hotelkeeper – also includes restaurateur James Thomson and Martin Wishart showcasing the 40 movers and shakers who are having the biggest impact on the industry in Scotland, as voted by industry experts.
All 40 finalists will be showcased in a Wall of Fame and will be interviewed on the Spotlight Stage at ScotHot, which takes place between 4-6 March at Glasgow’s SECC.
Commenting on his award, Fairlie said: “I'm very humbled to be voted Top Scot especially when I look at the list of people included, lots of whom I greatly admire and use as a benchmark both personally and as mentors of how to run a successful business.
“The award is made all the more special as it is voted for by my peers and it reinforces the message I try to convey with our younger team members that hard work, consistency and respect for others is a recipe for success.
“The hospitality industry in Scotland is going through a really positive change at the moment and we have some of the brightest young talent coming through in all sectors. Thanks mainly to the work put in by most of the people on this list, who have been working tirelessly both in their own businesses and the enormous generosity of spirit shown in encouraging youngsters to join the best industry in the world.” Celebrating 40 years, ScotHot 2013 will bring together over 8,000 visitors from across the hospitality, tourism and food service industry. Previewing innovative new products from hundreds of exhibitors, the three-day event will be packed with dynamic competitions, including the Scottish Culinary Championships, practical workshops and crucial networking business opportunities.
Soraya Gadelrab, Event Manager at ScotHot, commented: “This new addition to our event is something that has proven extremely popular and we’re delighted to have Andrew as our very first Top HotScot. “As well as all the activity during ScotHot that showcases the very best in Scottish hospitality and tourism, the Hot Scot Power 40 adds an additional element to everything that is great about this sector – we hope next year will be as competitive and Andrew will compete for his title.”