Auchentoshan Awards 2004

An eager audience of over 200 restaurateurs and invited guests assembled at Oran Mor in Glasgow's West End on Tuesday 30 November for the presentation of the 5th annual Auchentoshan & Glasgow Restaurateurs Association Spirit of Glasgow Restaurant Awards.

This year saw the fiercest competition ever with over 60 restaurants taking part in 5 separate categories, including one which was voted for by readers of Glasgow's Evening Times. The winners of the 2004 Awards were as follows:

  • The Auchentoshan 'Spirit of Glasgow'
    Restaurant of the Year Award:
    Two Fat Ladies
  • The Auchentoshan 'Spirit of Glasgow'
    Formal Dining Restaurant of the Year Award:
    Brian Maule at Chardon D'or
  • The Auchentoshan 'Spirit of Glasgow'
    Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year Award:
    Shish Mahal
  • The Evening Times Reader's Choice Award:
    La Fiorentina
  • The Auchentoshan 'Spirit of Glasgow'
    Lifetime Achievement Award:
    Willie Deans

Two Fat Ladies - Restaurant of the Year Brian Maule at Chardon D'Or - Formal Dining Restaurant of the Year Shish Mahal - Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year La Fiorentina - Evening Times Reader's Choice Award

There were two high commendation awards for Grassroots Café and Stravaigin 2 in the Casual Dining Restaurant award, and another high commendation award for Etain in the Formal Dining Restaurant Award.



Willie Deans - Lifetime Achievement Award The presentation of Auchentoshan Spirit of Glasgow Lifetime Achievement Award went to Mr Willie Deans. Willie is currently Executive Chef at the Buttery Restaurant but began working as a trainee cook at the age of 16.

He has won many accolades including Young Master Chef of the Year in 1988 and Scottish Chef of the Year in 1995 - he has also represented Scotland at the Culinary Olympics.

Alan Tomkins, Chairman of Glasgow Restaurateurs Association said:
"Our warmest congratulations to all the winners and to those who were highly commended. 2005 promises to be an excellent year for the GRA as we hope to continue to grow and develop, offering tangible benefits to members and to local diners, conference delegates and visitors to our city. In addition to established events such as our annual conference, 2005 will see a new charitable initiative in the Spring, an enhanced and expanded Gourmet Glasgow Food & Drink Festival in August and a range of publications including the Eat Out in Glasgow guide and regular e-newsletters."

Auchentoshan Awards 2003

Auchentoshan - Morrison Bowmore Distillers