Chef Albert Roux OBE received a standing ovation when he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Scottish Hospitality Industry Trust’s (HIT) annual dinner last night at the Hilton Hotel, Glasgow. After accepting the award he spoke of his love for Scotland but suggested that Scotland’s tourism industry was missing out due to the fact it did not stay open for business all year. He said that tourists would come all year if Scotland’s tourism businesses stayed open and that it was a missed opportunity. His sentiments were shared by the assembled guests who applauded his remarks.
The dinner, which was attended by the who’s who of the hospitality industry, raised around £60K for the charity.
At the same event Stephen Carter OBE stepped down as Chair of HIT Scotland, after 12 years in the post, and handed over his Chairmanship to Paddy Crerar of Crerar Hotels.