A Scots chef has raised his game to win a prestigious culinary award.

Orry Shand, of Number One at The Balmoral in Edinburgh, impressed a panel of judges, which included Michelin star chefs Tom Kitchin and Martin Wishart, to win the Game Chef of the Year 2013 title.

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The cooking competition, which was organised by Braehead Foods, attracted entries from across the UK and involved a six month search to find the best upcoming, professional game chef in the UK.

The competition’s finals were held in the Cook School Scotland where contestants had to create a fresh, innovative dishes using some of the finest game produce in the UK.

Shand prize includes a boar hunting trip to Sweden

The talented chef said: “To win a competition of this standard is a great achievement for me, I’m still a bit dazed but really looking forward to the prize.”

This year’s runner ups were Daniel Spurr of Martin Wishart at Loch Lomond and Gareth Linden of Inspire Catering.

Joe Queen, executive chef of Braehead Foods, said: “We were pleased to see that the standard and quality of entrants this year was so much higher than last. The young chefs produced award winning dishes. They have put in a lot of effort and all did extremely well to reach the finals.”