The Federation is managed by a voluntary board who work tirelessly on all of our projects.

Robin Austin - Board Member, The Federation of Chefs Scotland

Robin Austin


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Robin is the current President of Scottish Chefs. He is a former Director of Heritage Portfolio and now works as a lecturer at Edinburgh College teaching Hospitality & Professional Cookery.

Board Responsibilities: Membership & Sponsorship

David Hunt - Vice President, The Federation of Chefs Scotland

David Hunt

Vice President

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David has been involved with the Federation over many years, amassing personal accolades over the years, an established Culinary World Cup, Culinary Grand Prix & Hotelympia Gold Medal winning chef competitor himself within Senior Scottish, personal & company Culinary team competitions.

David is currently freelance.

Board Responsibilities: Sustainability

Kevin MacGillivray - Chief Executive, The Federation of Chefs Scotland

Kevin MacGillivray

Chief Executive

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Kevin has been involved with Scottish Chefs for over 20 years and has been President on two occasions. Kevin also competed, captained and was also manager with the Scottish Culinary Team winning Gold medals on the world culinary stage. Kevin is an A class judge for World Chefs and has judged at the Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg and at the Culinary Olympics in Germany. He now runs his own catering company Velvet Cuisine.

Board Responsibilities: Scottish Culinary Team Director & Culinary Competitions

Neil Thomson - Board Member, The Federation of Chefs Scotland

Neil Thomson

Board Member

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Neil is a founding member of Scottish Chefs. Currently Chief Executive, he has over 40 years experience in the industry both in the UK and overseas, and has also held a number of senior management positions in education. Neil is an Honorary Life Member of Worldchefs and is the Continental Director representing North Europe.

Hazel Mulberry - Board Member, The Federation of Chefs Scotland

Hazel Mulberry

Board Member

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Hazel was a Senior Lecturer in Hospitality Management in the Further and Higher Education sector and has been a member of the Scottish Chefs Board of Management for over 25 years involved with many aspects of management and events.

Board Responsibilities: Finance

Joe Queen - Board Member, The Federation of Chefs Scotland

Joe Queen

Board Member

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Joe is an original board member and helped set up the federation 25 years ago. He was the president from 2005-2009 and is now still involved with the culinary team and competition at all national salon culinary events. He was the runner-up to chef Andrew Fairlie in the 1984 Roux Brother’s Scholarship, winner of the Chris Beaumont special award from Springboard UK and was awarded the Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland lifetime achievement award. Joe is now Executive Chef at Archerfield Golf & Country Club and is a big supporter of all future chef programmes to help support young people to get into this fabulous industry.

Board Responsibilities: Culinary Competitions

Stewart Cameron - Board Member, The Federation of Chefs Scotland

Stewart Cameron

Board Member

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Stewart has been in the industry for over 50 years and worked in several restaurants and hotels including Gleneagles Hotel and Turnberry Hotel Ayrshire.

Board Responsibilities: Scottish Chefs Ambassador

Chloe Black - Board Member, The Federation of Chefs Scotland

Chloe Black

Board Member

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Chloe although not a trained chef has always worked in the food sector – from food retail, marketing and logistics to food trends analysis. She graduated from Queen Margaret University with a Masters in Gastronomy in 2019 and is now a director of The Edinburgh Butter Company.

Board Responsibilities: Website & social media

Graeme Pacitti - Board Member, The Federation of Chefs Scotland

Graeme Pacitti

Board Member

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Graeme trained as a chef at Esk Valley College and has worked in many different catering establishments from 4 star hotels, prestige venues to stadia catering. He opened his own award winning restaurant in 2004 and now heads up a multi-award winning in-house catering operation for Heart of Midlothian FC.

Board Responsibilities: Sponsorship/FAB 50/Business Partners

Jav Aziz - Board Member, The Federation of Chefs Scotland

Jav Aziz

Board Member

Ype van der Schaaf, The Federation of Chefs Scotland

Ype van der Schaaf


Board Member

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Ype trained in The Netherlands as a Chef and has dedicated most of his life to the Hospitality Industry. In the last 16 years he has worked in Education and says “being a Chef and Educator is a great combination and it is fantastic to see young people develop and going out in our great industry”. Ype heads up the Hospitality and Food Studies department as Sector Manager at UHI Perth facilitating the education and training of the future and current chefs and hospitality staff.

Board Responsibilities: College Membership

Gregor Brown, The Federation of Chefs Scotland

Gregor Brown

Board Member

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Gregor is a marketing professional who has worked across a number of sectors, including hospitality and tourism. For 5 years, he worked in the seafood industry, promoting and marketing Scottish seafood to domestic and international markets. He runs his own marketing consultancy, and whilst not a trained chef, he shares a passion for the industry and the people who make it.