Top award for the Peat Inn’s Geoffrey Smeddle

The amazing Fife chef/patron Geoffrey Smeddle, of the Peat Inn Restaurant with Rooms, has just lifted one of the most prestigious awards in the culinary calendar.

Michelin-starred Geoffrey has been named Chef of the Year in the CIS Excellence Awards run in conjunction with

The hotly contested category also included Billy Boyter, whose Michelin starred Cellar lies only a few miles away in Anstruther.

The multi-award winning Peat Inn is consistently rated one of the best restaurants in the UK, and it is owned and run by Geoffrey and his wife Katherine.

Since 2006 they have been successful in building on the very fine reputation of one of Scotland’s most cherished destinations, continuing a 250 year tradition of offering hospitality in a building which began life as a coaching inn and now has eight adjoining luxury suites.

The AA 5-star Restaurant with Rooms has been Scottish Restaurant of the Year, is the Editor’s Choice in the Good Hotel Guide 2018, and has a host of other accolades.

Geoffrey and his team focus on delivering a seasonal menu of outstanding Scottish ingredients, sympathetically handled, to ensure dishes of terrific flavours and striking presentation.

This modern cuisine, based on classical techniques, has earned numerous awards, including a coveted Michelin star, a grade of 8 out of 10 in The Good Food Guide as well as a position of 22 in the guide’s top 50 UK restaurants.

North East Fife was well represented elsewhere among the finalists, with Vicki Munro of SRUC Elmwood Campus shortlisted for Educator of the Year, and Conor McLean of the Cellar shortlisted for Young Chef of the Year.

The main photograph shows Geoffrey, and below are Billy and Vicki

The Chef of the Year Award, sponsored by BaxterStorey Scotland

Winner: Geoffrey Smeddle, The Peat Inn, St Andrews


  • Fred Berkmiller, L’Escargot Restaurants, Edinburgh
  • Billy Boyter, The Cellar Restaurant, Anstruther
  • Brian Grigor, The Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh
  • Paul Wedgwood, Wedgwood The Restaurant, Edinburgh


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