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By Fiona Reid
Dumfries and West
Ian finally secures top chef award

A CELEBRATED Michelin star chef from the region has just been named Scotland's Chef of the Year.

Ian McAndrew of Blackaddie House Hotel near Sanquhar took the honours at the CIS Excellence Awards, presented at The Hilton in Glasgow.
The 63-year-old saw off stiff competition to scoop the coveted award which in its 13th year is widely regarded as the top prize in Scottish cookery.
Ian has been runner-up three times at the awards — where other winners include Tom Kitchin, Martin Wishart and Tony Singh.
Having been named Britain’s youngest Michelin Star winner in 1980 when he was just 27, Ian said: “I am delighted to have been named Chef of the Year.
“I must admit I was quite surprised to win as I have been the runner-up so many times.
“I thought it was a case of always the bridesmaid, never the bride.”
McAndrew has won a Michelin star no fewer than eight times in his 47-year career as a chef.
It is also a double celebration for the hotelier,as his hotel, Blackaddie House on the outskirts of Sanquhar, near Dumfries, recently gained four star status with VisitScotland after a major refurbishment.
Ian, who runs the hotel with wife Jane, said: “It has been a magnificent year for us so far, and these two accomplishments show us we are on the right track.
“I’d like to thank all our hard-working staff as it really is a team effort.”

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