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Rochdale chef becomes youngest to win Michelin star in Scotland 

A Rochdale-born chef has become the youngest person to win a Michelin star in Scotland, aged 25. 

Sam Yorke runs the Edinburgh restaurant, Heron, with his co-head chef Tomas Gormley, 28. 

The duo’s first venture opened in 2021 and has since become one of five Michelin star restaurants in Edinburgh. 

Sam said: “To say that I’m delighted would be an understatement. It means a great deal to be recognised by such a prestigious organisation for our work at Heron. 

“It’s a real testament to the unwavering focus and dedication of the entire team, without whom we wouldn’t be where we are today.”

With a focus on farm-to-table dining, Heron has set out to champion local seasonal produce with an ever-changing menu. 

Before the Heron chefs, the youngest in Scotland to win a Michelin star was the now well-renowned Tom Kitchin at 29 in 2007. 

Since then Kitchin has gone on to open several popular eateries across Scotland including Michelin starred The Kitchin in the Edinburgh suburb of Leith. 

With the inclusion of Heron, Leith now has the highest concentration of Michelin star restaurants per square metre outside of London. 

From this success the pair have launched a new venue in Edinburgh’s Stockbridge area, Skua focuses on serving small plates with an extensive wine selection. 

Michelin are the highest awards across the restaurant and hospitality industry that have been recognising excellence since 1900, with Manchester only having two Michelin star restaurants in Mana and Adam Reid at The French. 

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