An Aberdeen restaurant has won two AA rosettes in recognition of its efforts in striving for excellence.
IX Restaurant, situated within The Chester Hotel on Queens Road, has been awarded the prestigious accolade following an inspection by the award scheme.
The restaurant, which opened in 2014 following a £5m revamp of the hotel, has operated under executive chef Kevin Dalgleish, whose passion for Scottish produce served with a modern flair has helped elevate the restaurant to AA standard.
He said: "I am delighted IX Restaurant at The Chester Hotel has received two AA Rosettes. Over the last few years I’ve seen my team go from strength to strength and it’s great to be recognised for our high standards and attention to the selection of quality ingredients.
"My approach is simple: use the finest Scottish ingredients and you can’t go wrong. Our menu weaves together the highest quality produce from Scotland’s rich larder with classic and European influences as well as inspiration drawn from my own team of talented chefs."
The awarded rosettes recognise 'excellent restaurants that aim for and achieve higher standards and better consistency’ according to AA, adding that restaurants that achieve the accolade demonstrate that 'greater precision is apparent in the cooking, and obvious attention to the selection of quality ingredients'.
The Chester Hotel owner and director, Graham Wood, said: "We could not be more pleased at this recognition which is testament to the dedication of Kevin and his team who continually strive to produce the highest quality dishes with the finest ingredients from prime, local suppliers.
"We are honoured to support young local talent in our kitchen, and achieving Rosettes show the quality of young chefs who are helping to shape the fine-dining scene in Aberdeen."