The 2013 Highlands & Islands Food & Drink Awards

Ambassador of the Year Award

The Award recognises and celebrates the hard work, commitment, dedication, innovation and outstanding contribution demonstrated by an individual. Nominees are put forward by food and drink industry leaders.

Winner: Gilpin Bradley, Wester Ross Salmon

Sponsor: North Highland Initative

Best Drink Award

Winner: Berry Good - Vodka & Gin Infusions

Highly Commended: Cairngorm Brewery Co. Ltd - Black Gold

Sponsors: J & D Cowper Ltd; The Storehouse

Best Eatery Award

Winner: Eilean Dubh, Fortrose

Highly Commended: Frankie's Fish & Chip Shop, Cafe & Takeaway

Sponsor: Brakes

Best Marketing Initiative Award

Winner: Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

Highly Commended: Speyside Craft Brewery

Sponsor: Think Local

Entrepreneur Business 2013

Winner: Aquascot Ltd

Sponsor: Johnston Carmichael

Environment Award

Winner: Island Bakery Organics

Sponsor: TIO Limited

Excellence Award

The Award recognises and rewards excellence from entries received across all categories and is selected by the judging panel of industry experts.

Winner: Gigha Halibut

Sponsor: Gordon & MacPhail

Healthier Food and Drink Award

Winner: Aquascot Ltd - Easy to Cook Range

Sponsor: The University of Aberdeen Rowett Institute of Nutrition & Health

Independent Food & Drink Retailer of the Year Award

Winner: 40 North, Isle of Lewis

Highly Commended: The Storehouse

Sponsor: ACE Refrigeration Ltd

New Business Award

Winner: Hebridean Sea Salt Ltd

Highly Commended: The Cheese House, Cromarty

Sponsor: Scotland Food & Drink

New Product Award

Winner: Gigha Halibut - Smoked Gigha Halibut

Highly Commended: Hebridean Sea Salt Ltd - Hebridean Sea Salt

Sponsor: Polaris Learning Ltd

Restaurant of the Year Award

Winner: Ninth Wave Restaurant, Isle of Mull

Highly Commended: Boath House, Nairn

Sponsor: Norbert Dentressangle

Young Shining Star Award

Winner: Carlyn Keaney, Frankie's Fish & Chip Shop, Cafe & Takeaway & Seb Jones, Speyside Craft Brewery

Highly Commended: Angus Macleod, The Kingsmills Hotel & Michael Scott, Mike's Filling Station

Sponsor: Cairngorms National Park Authority

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