Scottish Chef, Joe Queen Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Date: 25/03/2011

Scottish chef, Joe Queen has received an award for his outstanding contribution to the Scottish hospitality industry at an event on Thursday (24th March 2011) night.

Joe received the Hospitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland industry award at their annual industry dinner held at the Glasgow Radisson Blu Hotel. The event raised around £44,000 to support HIT Scotland’s scholarship programme.

The evening celebrated rising stars in the industry with food prepared by South Lanarkshire and Motherwell College working with the Federation of chefs Scotland’s culinary teams.

Chosen by panel of industry experts, the award was given for work as former president of the Federation of Chefs Scotland and mentoring young chefs, many of whom now run their own restaurants. He was also recognised for his involvement with the FutureChef competitions, Scottish Culinary Teams, promoting cooking in schools and his passion for Scottish produce.

Joe Queen Winner of the 2011 HIT Scotland Industry Awards

Based in Glasgow, Joe works as the executive chef for Hilton Hotels. He has previously held executive positions at Thistle Hotels, Macdonald Hotel and worked for Disney in the USA. He has cooked for royalty, prime ministers and has represented Scotland at the Tartan day celebrations in New York.

Joe learned that he was receiving the award at the start of the evening. The HIT Scotland lifetime achievement award is presented to someone who goes above and beyond their role to raise standards and aspirations in the industry. Sponsored by industry magazine, Caterer and Hotelkeeper and Brakes Fresh Ideas, the annual award was created to reward and promote role models for the Hospitality industry.

Joe Queen said, “Believe you me, people won’t realise just how much of a shock this is. The hospitality industry is a big family and to sit alongside the other names on the award is something I will remember for the rest of my life.” 

David Cochrane, Chief Executive of HIT Scotland, said, “The judging process was difficult with many great candidates. Joe was chosen not only for his work with emerging talent but for having already mentored some of the best chefs in Scotland. Anyone who knows anything about professional cooking talks about Joe in the highest terms and their endorsement shows the impact he continues to make in hospitality.”

Joe Queen joins a previous list of recipients including: Craig Stevenson MD of Braehead Foods, Peter Lederer of Gleneagles and former chair of VisitScotland; Neil Thomson, of Motherwell College and the Federation of Chefs Scotland, Ken McCulloch of Dakota Hotels, Avril Robertson, Peter Taylor, Tony Jackson, Stewart Cameron, Andrew Fairlie, James Thomson, Tony Jackson, Stewart Cameron, David Cochrane, Larbi, Willie Pike and joint winners Eddie Friel and Jack Munro.

HIT Scotland is a charity that raises funds to support and encourage excellence in the hospitality industry. The charity also provides scholarships to students and emerging talent already working in the industry. These scholarships place promising people on world class learning experiences at home and abroad.

As well as fundraising through events like the industry dinner, HIT Scotland is supported by big names in the industry including Highland Spring, Wiseman Dairies,, Enterprise Rent a Car, Phillips and Brakes Fresh Ideas.


For more information about the award please contact Joe Walton at Real PR on 07968022684 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Picture thanks to Simon Williams Photography (for reuse please contact Real PR).

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The Hospitality Industry Trust, known as HIT Scotland, is a Scotland based charity, which raises funds to support and encourage excellence in the hospitality industry.

Through practical support, which includes bursaries, scholarships and industry events, HIT Scotland helps those training to enter the industry and those already within. The overall objective is to help all to their full potential and further enhance and maintain the excellent skillbase within Scotland

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