ORGANISERS of the Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards are calling for nominations for its Young Talent award.

To coincide with the Year of Young People 2018, the age limit for the Young Talent award has been raised to 26 and under, giving young people the opportunity to showcase their contribution to food and drink in Scotland.

Last year’s winner was 24 year old Liam Pennycook who is manager at Aberdeen’s Twin River Distillery.

Pennycook said: “I was absolutely thrilled to win the Young Talent at last year’s Excellence Awards. To be shortlisted against some fantastic people and then to win was just amazing and a real boost to my confidence.

“Whether you want to enter yourself or somebody you work with, I’d encourage you to do it as you never know!”

David Thomson, from category sponsor Food and Drink Federation Scotland, added: “We are delighted to sponsor this important category. The Scottish food and drink industry is a great success story.”