Chef Tom Kitchin awarded honorary degree by Edinburgh Napier University

A Michelin-starred Scottish chef who has won numerous restaurant awards received an honour outside of the kitchen today.

Tom Kitchin was awarded an honorary degree by Edinburgh Napier University at its summer graduation ceremony.

The chef, whose Leith restaurant, The Kitchin, was awarded a Michelin star when he was just 29, received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts.

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Dressed in a kilt and ceremonial robes, he joined almost 2,000 students and other honorary graduates in the capital’s Usher Hall.

He said: “It is quite an honour to be recognised in this way.

“We are very proud of what the team at The Kitchin has achieved over the past six years and to be associated with the impressive list of fellow honorary graduates is a privilege.”

Scottish rugby’s record cap holder and points scorer, Chris Paterson, will be honoured with a Doctorate of Science by the university tomorrow.

University principal Dame Joan Stringer said: “We are delighted to be honouring individuals who have made such significant contributions to enriching our culture, building our economies and servicing our communities in so many ways.

“Their achievements together with their qualities are an inspiration to our students.”

Mr Kitchin opened his Edinburgh restaurant with wife Michaela in 2006 and was awarded a Michelin-star within a year.

He is the youngest-ever Scottish chef-proprietor to achieve the culinary mark and he has collected numerous awards since for his use of fresh Scottish seasonal produce.