Jay to remember for students

Published Thursday, 11th April 2019 in Study at SRUC news

Jay rayner with students
SRUC hospitality students Hannah Beattie and Nick Smith, along with lecturer Wullie Balfour, meet Jay Rayner during his visit to Elmwood

One of Britain’s best-known food critics has met with hospitality students at Scotland’s Rural College.

Jay Rayner, the MasterChef judge and Observer columnist, was recently at SRUC’s Elmwood campus in Fife, where judging took place for the 2019 Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards

SRUC is sponsoring the Primary Producer of the Year category at the awards, which will be held at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Thursday 23 May.

Professor Caroline Argo, Dean of SRUC’s North Faculty, said: “We were delighted, once again, to host the judging of the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards at our Elmwood campus. Being involved in this process gives our hospitality students invaluable insight and experience. Scotland’s Rural College is at the heart of the rural economy, working with businesses and individuals at every stage of the supply chain and we are very proud to be sponsoring the Primary Producer category at this year’s Awards – a key date in the industry calendar.”

James Withers, Chief Executive of Scotland Food & Drink, said: “Every year the Excellence Awards attracts an incredibly diverse range of entrants, all of which are of a very high quality. This year we’ve had a record number of entries and the standard has never been higher.

“While tasting each of the products entered into the awards sounds like a dream, in reality, selecting the very best of the best has been extremely difficult for our expert judging panel.

“Now celebrating its 20th year, the Awards will yet again be the premier night in one of Scotland’s most valuable and successful industries. Congratulations and good luck to all the finalists.”

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