Aly Kemp, one half of the Orkney Distilling Ltd management team, has been named a Great British Food Heroine, as part of the British Food Fortnight event.
Orkney Distilling's Aly Kemp, pictured with her Great British Food Heroine award. Image by Colin Keldie. The award - presented by event sponsors, the Co-op – recognises women nationally who are ambassadors for British food, working to ensure it grows and thrives into the future.
Aly, who created Orkney Distilling’s Kirkjuvagr Gin with husband Stephen, is one of 40 women from throughout the UK to receive a Great British Food Heroine accolade, sharing the honour with everyone from cheese makers and chocolatiers, to brewers, bakers and farmers.
She received a special slate plaque, which will be displayed in Orkney Distilling’s new Kirkwall distillery and visitor centre - set to open in the New Year.
“I was really thrilled to receive this award from the Co-op as it recognises the important part women play in the UK’s food and drink industry,” said Aly. “At Orkney Distilling, we’ve championed local ingredients from the outset and are always conscious of the need to maintain the highest standards in everything we do. Ultimately, we’re ambassadors for Orkney, Scotland and the UK and are proud to be part of a nationwide effort to promote the very best of what our country can offer.”