‘Gem’ of a restaurant really ‘gives a fork’

Craig Millar receiving his award for Restaurant Newcomer of the Year from Jean Downie of Border Hospitality at the CIS Awards ceremony.
Craig Millar receiving his award for Restaurant Newcomer of the Year from Jean Downie of Border Hospitality at the CIS Awards ceremony.

A TOP St Monans chef is celebrating being recognised as the best Restaurant Newcomer in the 2012 Catering in Scotland (CIS) Excellence Awards by throwing himself into some charity work.

Craig Millar’s Craig Millar@63 West End eaterie was described as “a true gem” as the competition’s judges highlighted “the quality of the ingredients, friendliness of staff, clear presentation of the food and situation of the restaurant.”

But instead of putting his feet up to savour his success Mr Millar has since signed up to cancer support charity Maggie’s Who Gives A Fork campaign.

He is raising money for Maggie’s Fife by asking his customers to give a donation to Maggie’s with their bill.

Mr Millar said: “I was really excited to hear about Who Gives A Fork, it is such a different and fun way to support charity.

“For me Maggie’s Fife is an amazing place that offers such vital support to local families affected by cancer.

“The centre focuses on health and wellbeing and even has a regular nutrition class so its ethos is very fitting to my restaurant, as soon as I heard about Who Gives A Fork I knew I had to get involved.”

Last year’s campaign was run by the Glasgow Restaurants Association and raised £60,000 from restaurants holding events such as themed party nights and ladies lunches. With it proving so successful the association decided to let Maggie’s roll the idea out nationwide this time round.

Maggie’s chief executive Laura Lee said: “We are delighted to launch Who Gives A Fork across Scotland this year.

“It is such fun yet it also raises vital funds so we can continue to provide our support to people with cancer and their loved ones.”

For more information on Maggie’s Who Gives A Fork visit www.maggiescentres.org/whogivesafork or call 03001231801.

Edinburgh’s 21212 took the Restaurant of the Year category at the Catering in Scotland awards, which were held at a black tie dinner in Glasgow’s Hilton Hotel.