Top title for Cock & Bull’s Ryan

Ryan Paterson of The Cock and Bull with his Grampian Senior Chef of The Year award
Ryan Paterson of The Cock and Bull with his Grampian Senior Chef of The Year award

A North-east chef has picked up a top accolade for the third time in his career.

Ryan Paterson of The Cock and Bull at Balmedie lifted the Grampian Senior Chef of The Year title for an unprecedented third time last week.

The awards, which were held at The Marcliffe Hotel in Aberdeen, followed a cook-off during the day in which 36 chefs from the area took part to showcase their skills.

Judging was carried out by five chefs from the Federation of Chefs Scotland who not only selected the winner but also awarded gold, silver or bronze medals to chefs assessed on their professional technique, skill, presentation, quality and flavour.

Ryan was presented with a gold medal, a huge achievement given that the judges deemed this year’s competition to be the most competitive with the highest standards set since The Chef of The Year awards were introduced.

Next up for Ryan and the team at The Cock and Bull is a trip to Glasgow to attend the Catering in Scotland Awards to be held at the Hilton Hotel.

The eatery is the only establishment from the North of Scotland to reach the final three and will be going up against Michelin-starred chef Tom Kitchin’s gastropub in Edinburgh and the Bridge Inn at Ratho.