Spink smokes out competition for win

Food Hero in name and now in title Iain R. Spink has added the accolade to the favoured reputation of the local delicacy.

The Arbroath based business beat off tough competition to win in the ‘Food Hero’ category sponsored by The Herald.

The winners of Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Award, dubbed the Scottish food and drink ‘Oscars’ were announced by broadcaster Kaye Adams at a ceremony at Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland on Wednesday night.

The finalists represented a broad spectrum of Scotland’s food and drink: from the Isle of Skye Sea Salt Company to other Angus stalwarts such as Highland Game, through to industry giants foodservice company Entier Ltd and AG Barr Plc. Produce traditionally associated with Scotland like whisky, fish and dairy was recognised alongside new, innovative products like charcuterie and chocolate flavoured with foraged meadowsweet.

The awards are organised in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).

Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, James Withers, said: “This year’s Awards have been a huge success with a record number of entries and our biggest ever award dinner with over 800 people there to celebrate the sector. The skill, passion and innovation that mark our industry is represented in the diversity of the finalists and winners. Food and drink is now a national success story for Scotland and the Awards let us shine a light on just some of the people and world-class products behind that success.