THE winner of Scotland’s Food Pioneer accolade at the Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2016 has launched the hotly anticipated 2017 event.

Chef Fred Berkmiller, pictured, was recognised 12 months ago for his dedication to, and skill with, Scottish produce. Now he is promoting the Scotland Food & Drink event, who are working in partnership with The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS).

The 21 categories are now open for entry and tickets are available to purchase from the website. The deadline for award entries is Friday, February 24.

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Chief Executive of RHASS, Alan Laidlaw, said: “Once again these awards will shine a light on the best of Scotland’s thriving food and drink industry, which is fuelled by the skill, pride and dedication of our primary producers, who we proudly represent.

“If last year’s winners are anything to go by, we are set for another year of impressive entries in 2017.”