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Awards, Ratings & Honours

2018 Season
From October 1st we begin the 2018 season and have a very full year ahead! Back in May the Awards for Places 2017 event was held at the King's Hall, Edinburgh. Hundreds of finalists from all over Scotland celebrated at a beautiful occasion.
The Scottish Food Awards honour by year-round ratings and annual awards the best of food produced and served in Scotland, plus the people behind such success.

There are bold new Rating Awards for all kinds of places - from casual, coffee shops, bar food, healthy or vegetarian, for example, to sublime fine dining. And Scottish products of confident quality can soon be identified with a proud new country-of-origin Scottish Tasted / Tested Product Rating.

For 2018 we will be launching the exciting, cleanly-designed new SCOFA app to carry listings and results.

At glittering Annual Awards events for Places, for People and for Products, and including The
 SCOFA Academy Awards™,
 the industry's very best are celebrated.
Dates will be announced mid-October.

We judge and assess with experience, expertise and integrity, with the emphasis upon knowing well the key people of each business. No food industry or government sponsorship is accepted, and our independence is a core principle.

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Explore taking part...
The Scottish Food Awards 2017 - Awards for Places at the King's Hall, Edinburgh on May 7th
The 2017 Awards for Places at The King's Hall on May 7th
The Scottish Food Awards Academy

The Academy
The awards are independent and founded on deep knowledge. 
The Scottish Food Awards Academy is a unique pooling of hard-earned experience from all areas of food enterprise in Scotland. Academicians - Fellows, Members and Associates - elect, nominate, judge and advise. The Academy has around 60 members and includes leading, life-experienced chefs, producers, managers, writers, academics, inspectors and entrepreneurs; an exceptional resource.

Lady Claire Macdonald OBE is Patron and Antony Butterworth Deputy Patron. Our patrons verify the overall structure, qualifications and makeup of The Academy each year. Certain academicians will remain anonymous to assist in their role's confidentiality. At each year's SCOFA™ Academy Awards Ball, members of The Academy will process onstage at the start of the grand occasion.

The Academy directly elects winners of The SCOFA Academy Awards, and members assist in a broad, consultative sense with all the Awards and Ratings.
Academy site: from 2018
Five years prep...
We wanted to rise to the occasion, so the experienced team considered things for over five years. Lengthy thought was given to shaping the new independent awards and rating scheme, to make the system worthy of this country.

From the fish of loch and sea, to the produce of our fields and hills; or treats such as speciality patisserie or afternoon tea - and, indeed, Scottish-grown tea itself; from stylish bistro and hearty country inn fare to ethnic or high-end fine dining in dynamic restaurants and quality hotels... we're all about honouring Scotland's finest - at all prices. And the people who make it all possible: who grow it, catch it, prepare it, cook it, serve and market it.

© 2013-2017 & ™ The Scottish Food Awards & Academy
From a research visit: Kinloch Lodge, Isle of Skye
Images from a research visit to Kinloch Lodge on the Isle of Skye, originally founded by our Patron, Lady Claire Macdonald
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