By Emma Cowing
I'M HALFWAY through a phone conversation with Tom Kitchin, chef, restaurateur and rising star of the Scottish food scene, when he interrupts me.
"Hang on," he says. "Martin Wishart's on the other line."
The phone is put down and I hear him pick up another receiver. Words like "Wonderful... fantastic... couldn't believe it" float down the line, until he finally finishes up with: "Thanks man, that means a lot. Let's have a drink on Saturday."
He picks up the phone again. "Sorry 'bout that. Where were we?"
The reason for Kitchin's flustered phone manner is that yesterday morning, around 8:30am, the 29-year-old received a call telling him his Leith-based restaurant had won a Michelin star. The award makes him one of the youngest Scots ever to have received the accolade.
Even more astoundingly, Kitchin's restaurant (called, not entirely surprisingly, The Kitchin) only opened last June. Given that the Michelin guide is usually in the hands of its publishers by autumn, this is quite an achievement.