SCOTLAND'S Masterchef Gary Maclean has been given the prestigious honour of the Mark Twain Award by our American cousins.

The Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York announced that Mr MacLean will be this year's recipient and will be presented with the award at gala event later this month.

The award will be given out at the 265th Anniversary Banquet and recognises individuals who help envision the future, identify paths to success, and carry out a vision.

Recipients are described as leaders in their respective fields and are recognized by their peers for their contributions.

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Mr Maclean, who won MasterChef: The Professionals Champion 2016, was described by the society as a distinguished Scot dedicating his career to education and the advancement of healthy

and sustainable food usage in the home.

Gary MacLean is delighted with the award from the Saint Andrews Society of New York

Gary MacLean is delighted with the award from the Saint Andrews Society of New York

His first solo restaurant, Creel Caught, located in Edinburgh’s Bonnie & Wild Market, is committed to sustainable sourcing with the finest Scottish seafood. He is also Chef Lecturer at the City of

Glasgow College where he has been teaching for the past 20 years.

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Mr MacLean said: “I am honoured and humbled to be the recipient of this year's Mark Twain Award from The St Andrews Society of New York State. The Society's humanitarian work over the last 265 years to help the people that need it most both in the US and Scotland is truly inspiring. To be honoured in such a way from them is incredible."

David M. Murphy, society president, said: “We are privileged to honour Gary Maclean with the 2021 Mark Twain Award. He is a talented author, educator, and entrepreneur who exemplifies the future of Scotland. His love for his country and passion for helping others can be seen in every aspect of his life and career.”

Dr Paul Little, Principal and CEO, said: “On behalf of the City of Glasgow College, we congratulate Chef MacLean on receiving this prestigious award. Over the years, Gary has been an inspiration to so many young people demonstrating his love and passion for the Culinary industry. A true advocate for his vocation, Gary has also worked tirelessly in forging partnerships between his beloved Scotland and the United States of America. It is a wonderful endorsement that his hard work and dedication have been recognised as the recipient of the Mark Twain Award. "