The coveted Young British Foodies Chef of 2018 was awarded to Roberta Hall-McCarron, head chef at The Little Chartroom in Edinburgh, at an awards ceremony last night.
The restaurant, a neighbourhood-style bistro, opened its doors earlier this summer with Roberta in the kitchen and Shaun, her husband, managing front of house.
Named The Little Chartroom after Roberta’s love of sailing, the bijou 16 cover dining room delights customers with its laid-back atmosphere and delicious, simple and seasonal food.
“I was over the moon to find out that I’d won the award last night, I wasn’t expecting it in the slightest, especially with the competition so high this year. I couldn’t have done it without my amazing team at the restaurant, and of course my amazing husband Shaun who has supported me every step of the way. The last few months have been a whirlwind with the restaurant opening and we are delighted that it’s been such a success – I’m looking forward to getting back in the kitchen today and doing what I love.”
Roberta spent three years working at Michelin starred The Kitchin before assisting mentor Dominic Jack in the opening of Castle Terrace, where she worked for six years and where she went onto become head chef.
Prior to The Kitchin, Roberta trained at a number of restaurants in Edinburgh before spending a year and a half working at The Burj al Arab in Dubai.
Founded by Amy Thorne, journalist Chloe Scott-Moncrieff and Lily Jones, the Young British Foodies is now in its seventh year, and aim to seek out and celebrate the grassroots talent of the industry