Top educator wins top industry awards

Scottish Food Awards 2018

Willie McCurrach, Curriculum Head of Food at City of Glasgow College, has won two of the top prizes at this year’s prestigious Scottish Food Awards.

The talented chef and educator, who has been working in the industry for 40 years, took Education Chef of the Year in the Inspiration category, and Scottish Chef of the Year for the Grands Prix.

Now in its second year the Scottish Food Awards & Academy encourages and recognises people, products and businesses doing outstanding work in the sector, giving those in the industry an opportunity to celebrate each other's achievements.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“These are very well deserved awards indeed and an endorsement of Willie’s hard work, enthusiasm and commitment. He is a highly respected member of Team City who has dedicated a 40 year career to passing on his knowledge and expertise to generations of student chefs. Our congratulations go to him on his continued success.”

Willie McCurrach said:

“I am thrilled to have won these awards which I see very much as a team achievement. I have the privilege to work with incredibly skilled colleagues and teach a wealth of talented student chefs. The satisfaction and reward is seeing many of them going on to achieve great things and make their name in the industry.”

One of Willie’s protégés, Gary Maclean, senior chef lecturer at the college and current National Chef of Scotland, said:

“This is fantastic news and well deserved. Willie has played an incredible and important role in the Scottish food scene.”

The Scottish Food Awards Spring Dinner was held at the King's Hall, Edinburgh on Sunday 20 May. The deluxe dinner gala celebrated people, honouring individuals, organisations and corporate excellence. Included were the Chefs of the Year, Chef Awards and Medals, Hospitality Honours, Business Honours and Fellowships.