The announcement comes as the iconic Edinburgh hotel’s fine-dining restaurant – number one – celebrates its tenth year of Michelin star status with Jeff Bland at the helm.
The Chef of the Year winner was decided by a hand-picked panel of judges. Mr Bland was presented with his title at the glittering award ceremony in Glasgow.
Commenting on his achievement, he said: “It’s a great honour to be named Chef of the Year by a panel of judges who are experts on the food industry in Scotland.
“I take great pride in my role at the Balmoral – from developing menus and innovative dishes to training new chefs and championing seasonal Scottish produce – it means a great deal to be recognised by my peers for this.”