Scotland's King Cone has completed a remarkable hat trick after being voted the UK's national ice cream champion for the third time.
Philip Mancini's vanilla ice cream wowed the judges at The National Ice Cream Competition winning four trophies including the prestigious accolade of best in UK.
The Ayrshire based ice cream maker has been a consistent winner in the competition winning the UK champion title three times in the last nine years.
The competition is held by The Ice Cream Alliance - the trade body for the UK's £1bn ice cream industry. ICA Chief Executive Zelica Carr said: "When you look at the quality of the competition this is a truly remarkable achievement. Philip continues to demonstrate what a skilled ice cream maker he is."
Philip, who runs Mancini's Ice Cream in New Street, Ayr is the third generation ice cream maker in a family that has been making ice cream for more than 100 years.
He recently launched a new business providing ice creams at weddings and events and already has bookings running into 2019.
"I couldn't be more delighted," said Philip. "Within the ice cream industry the National Champion is the prize that we all want to win - it is the ultimate accolade and I feel so proud to have won it for the third time."
It takes great passion and dedication to be a success but I love it and the wedding service has created a lot of fun. It's such a privilege to part of a couple's big day.
"We provide more than 40 flavours to choose from including a few alcoholic ones such as strawberry and prosecco or mojito but we are also happy to make bespoke flavours on request."
Philip added:"I've been making the same vanilla ice cream all my life - it's a simple recipe using the finest Scottish cream, milk, butter and a little sugar with the best Italian vanilla.
"I believe that ice cream should have a silky soft feel that melts in the mouth with flavours that light up your taste buds and it should always be served with a broad smile!
"In fact fun is one the most important ingredients in having a successful ice cream business. Our service at weddings is a cross between the Marx brothers and the wedding crashers!"
More information on Philip Mancini can be found at www.mancinisicecream.co.uk