Click on the profiles below to find out what some of Scotland’s top talent have to say about what inspires them.

Tom Kitchin

Tom Kitchin opened his restaurant, The Kitchin, with his wife Michaela, on Edinburgh’s Leith waterfront in 2006. In January 2007, The Kitchin was awarded a coveted Michelin-star only six months after it opened, making Tom the youngest ever Scottish chef proprietor to achieve one at the age of 29.

Belinda Dickson OBE

Following her graduation with a degree in education, Belinda began her career as a physical education teacher before leaving the teaching profession and going into the telecommunications industry. This led to her working in the Scottish Borders, where she noticed a niche in the market for modern cashmere design targeting the markets of Paris, Tokyo and New York.

Alexander Stoddart

Alexander Stoddart has been Sculptor in Ordinary to The Queen in Scotland since 2008. He makes monuments exclusively to figures from the past, designed to last into the very distant future.

Liz Lochhead

Scotland’s National Poet Liz Lochhead embodies much of what makes Scottish poetry distinctive. Her words are full of compassion and humour and communicate to all walks of life.


Luxury fashion brand bebaroque was launched in July 2007 by designers Mhairi McNicol and Chloe Patience. Both designers hold Masters degrees in Textiles and Fashion and studied at the illustrious Glasgow School of Art.

Malcolm Fraser

Award-winning architect Malcolm Fraser was born and educated in Edinburgh. He formed his architectural practice Malcolm Fraser Architects in 1993 and from there significant arts buildings followed, including the Scottish Poetry Library and DanceBase, completed in 1999 and 2001 respectively.