Tony Singh - Scotland
Born in Edinburgh, where he still lives with his wife and four children, Tony Singh has for more than 20 years pushed the boundaries of culinary innovation, combining his Sikh upbringing with his love of Scottish produce. A leading force on the Scottish restaurant scene, he has often been quoted as saying his favourite meal is his mum’s chicken curry.
Tony co-founded Oloroso, the highly acclaimed bar and restaurant in the heart of Scotland’s dynamic capital city and most recently in 2008, won CIS Award for Chef of the Year and through his position as the head chef-director at Oloroso, has strived to make it the best in the business, winning a number of accolades for the team’s effort including; Drambuie Chefs Association Best New Restaurant of the Year, Scottish Chefs Award Scottish Chef of the Year and SLTN Best Restaurant. Even his handpicked bar team has won industry recognition in the form of The Dram Top Mixologist and Best Contemporary Bar Awards and SLTN Best Cocktail Bar.
Tony’s first experience with cooking was on a Youth Training Scheme at Scottish & Newcastle, from here he went on to Telford College in Edinburgh and then on to complete an OND in Hotel Management. Developing his distinctive style, following his training Tony took positions with The Royal Yacht Britannia, The Balmoral Hotel, Greywalls, Royal Scotsman Train, and Gravetye Manor.
Combining his first class credentials with his passion for quality and a commitment to taste experiences, secured Tony membership of the country’s leading bodies including the Academy of Culinary Arts, the Craft Guild of Chefs, the Scottish Chefs Association and the Master Chefs of Great Britain. He has also appeared numerous times on Television, including the BBC2 series, The Great British Menu and Market Kitchen in 2010.
Now an ambassador for Scotland and all things Scottish, he promotes Scotland and its delicacies on a global scale, and very recently Tony was one of the chosen few “Real Scots” to be named by Visit Scotland. Using his position as one of Scotland’s popular chefs, he has also been involved in the Government campaigns to change the eating habits of Scots; such as the Festival of Politics where he participated in ‘Food for Thought’, he is also Active in ‘Adopt a School Programme’ and ‘Waste Awareness’ an initiative aiming to reduce food wastage in Scotland.
Tony will be representing Scotland in the Celtic Cook Off and competing against Jack Stein from Cornwall, Ian Bennett from Wales, Stephane Delourme from Brittany, Butch Buttery from The Isle of Man and Gary O'Hanlon from Ireland.