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Introducing the 2017 competitors

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Aug
7

Thank you very much to everyone who has entered South West Chef of the Year this year.  Faced with a vast array of interesting and tantalising menus, our judges have assessed each entry and have now selected the semi-finalists for the Professional, Young Professional and Student/Apprentice Chef categories and the finalists for the Home Cook category.  Furthermore, following very close and exciting competitions in the six counties of the South West, we are also delighted to present the winners of the county Junior Chef competitions who will now meet in the final.

Many congratulations to all those who have made it through to the next round when they will be asked to prepare the menus submitted with their entries.

Lead sponsor: Bidfood

 

Professional Chef category

sponsored by Ritter Courivaud and Ritter Fresh

Semi-final to be held on Saturday 30th September at Exeter College

(listed alphabetically)

  • Martin Blake, Senior Sous Chef, The Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe, Wiltshire
  • James Checkley, Sous Chef, Kentisbury Grange, Barnstaple, Devon
  • Robert Cox, Head Chef, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel and Restaurant, Clearwell, Gloucestershire
  • Joseph Fallowfield, Sous Chef, Kota Restaurant, Porthleven, Cornwall
  • Jozsef Kuti, Sous Chef, The Old Stocks Inn, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
  • David Mann, Sous Chef, Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plympton, Devon
  • Dale McIntosh, Head Chef, Gylly Beach Café, Falmouth, Cornwall
  • Chris Young, Sous Chef, Buckland Manor, Broadway, Gloucestershire

 

Entrants were asked to submit a two-course menu (starter and main) incorporating the following compulsory ingredients selected by the judges and supplied by MC Kelly and Kingfisher BrixhamSaddle of lamb, Pollack and mussels.

 

Young Professional Chef category

sponsored by Lympstone Manor and Michael Caines MBE

Semi-final to be held on Saturday 30th September at Exeter College

(listed alphabetically)

  • Claire Andrew, Commis Chef, Kentisbury Grange, Barnstaple, Devon
  • Harrison Brockington, Chef de Partie, Grosvenor Hotel, Torquay, Devon
  • James Glover, Chef de Partie, Deer Park Country House Hotel, Honiton, Devon
  • Thomas Herbert, Commis Chef, Lucknam Park, Bath
  • Joshua Murphy, Demi Chef de Partie, Lucknam Park, Bath
  • Joseph Oliver, Demi Chef de Partie, Buckland Manor, Broadway, Gloucestershire
  • Lawrence Snowden, Junior Sous Chef, The Idle Rocks, St Mawes, Cornwall
  • Paul Wearing, Senior Chef de Partie, Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plympton, Devon

 

Entrants were asked to submit a two-course menu (starter and main) incorporating the following compulsory ingredients selected by the judges and supplied by MC Kelly and Kingfisher BrixhamPork tenderloin and Red Mullet.

 

Student/Apprentice Chef category

sponsored by Nisbets Catering Equipment

Semi-final to be held on Saturday 30th September at Exeter College

Catering colleges across the South West are invited to put forward a student/apprentice chef for a guaranteed place in the semi-final of this category and, in addition, a small number of places are also available to those opting to enter this category directly.  Colleges putting a student forward are asked to confirm the name of the student once colleges return for the autumn term in September and so further students may be added to this list at that time.

(listed alphabetically)

  • Alexander Andrew, City College Plymouth, Devon
  • John Brimicombe, Exeter College and Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plympton, Devon
  • Jamie Cassidy, Bridgwater and Taunton College, Somerset
  • Matthue Clarke, Gloucestershire College, Cheltenham
  • Katie Endicott, Bridgwater and Taunton College, Somerset
  • Thomas Greatrix, Gloucestershire College, Cheltenham
  • William Hamzij, Exeter College and Driftwood Hotel, Porscatho, Cornwall
  • Ford Thanyapat Khwanyuen, Truro and Penwith College, Cornwall
  • Eleanor Thuell, Exeter College and Rodean Restaurant, Kenton, Devon

 

Entrants were asked to submit a two-course menu (starter and main) incorporating the following compulsory ingredients selected by the judges and supplied by MC Kelly and Kingfisher BrixhamBeef sirloin, John Dory, clams or cockles.

 

Home Cook category

sponsored by Ashburton Cookery School

Final to be held on Saturday 14th October at Ashburton Cookery School

(listed alphabetically)

  • Andrew Callaghan, Verwood, Dorset
  • Lucinda Ellicott, Paignton, Devon
  • Emy Mordue, Exeter, Devon (Devon Life Home Cook 2016)
  • Kelly Shannon, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire
  • Sue Stoneman, Exmouth, Devon

 

As Devon Life Home Cook 2016, Emy secured a guaranteed place in the final of South West Home Cook of the Year 2017

Entrants were asked to submit a two-course menu (main and dessert) incorporating the following compulsory ingredients selected by the judges and supplied by MC Kelly, Kingfisher Brixham and Total ProduceBest end of lamb or Sea Bass and Autumn fruits.

 

Junior Chef category

Competitions were held in each of the six counties of the South West during June/July to find the county junior chef winners.  These talented aspiring chefs will now meet in the final to be held on Saturday 14th October at Ashburton Cookery School to compete for the additional title of South West Junior Chef of the Year.  Each of the finalists will benefit from mentoring with one of our junior category judges to help them prepare for the final and to enable them to learn more about life in a busy working kitchen!

Click here to read about the competitions that took place in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

 

Cornwall

Anna West, Penair School, Truro

Anna will be mentored by Stephane Delourme at The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

 

Devon

Samantha Taylor-Clarke, Stover School, Newton Abbot

Samantha will be mentored by Mark Dodson at The Masons Arms, Knowstone

 

Dorset

Emily Henson, Bournemouth School for Girls

Emily will be mentored by Brett Sutton at The White Post, Rimpton

 

Gloucestershire

Amber Clay, Alderman Knight School, Tewkesbury

Amber will be mentored by Gus Ashenford at Restaurant 5 North Street, Winchcombe

 

Somerset

Munopa Nhete, Queen’s College, Taunton

Munopa will be mentored by Liam Finnegan at The Castle Hotel, Taunton

 

Wiltshire

Vikki Pearcey Thorn, Lavington School, Market Lavingotn

Vikki will be mentored by Hywel Jones at Lucknam Park

 

Competitors prepared a main course dish for two at the county finals and will work with their mentors to develop and enhance the same dish for the final.

 

Good luck to all competitors!

 

Awards Presentation Evening 2017

The winners of South West Chef of the Year 2017 will be announced at prestigious awards presentation evening on Wednesday 25th October, hosted and sponsored by Exeter Golf and Country Club.

Our awards will be presented following what promises to be an outstanding dinner prepared by three guest chefs including none other than our co-founder and lead judge Michael Caines and two previous winners!

  • Michael Caines MBE - Co-founder and lead judge of South West Chef of the Year and Chef Proprietor of Lympstone Manor, Lympstone, Devon
  • Jamie Coleman - South West Chef of the Year 2016, Head Chef at the Michelin-starred Masons Arms, Knowstone, Devon
  • James Mason - South West Young Professional Chef of the Year 2015, Head Chef at Kentisbury Grange, Barnstaple, Devon

 

Our team of chefs will be supported in the kitchen and front of house by students of the Michael Caines Academy .

Bringing together all of our competitors, judges and sponsors this very special evening is always a unique celebration of the South West’s hospitality industry.  It will begin with a drinks reception with canapés, before enjoying a wonderful three course meal with perfectly matched wines and concluding with the presentation of the 2017 awards.

All are welcome to join us – book your tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Tickets are available at £85 each and can be purchased using the secure PayPal system (you do not need to have a PayPal account).  Click the ‘Buy Now’ button below.

If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please call 01626 334841 or email: info@southwestchef.co.uk to reserve your tickets and make arrangements for payment.

Please make sure you include details of any dietary requirements when purchasing your tickets (you can do this on the order form by clicking the ‘add’ button that appears below your delivery address).


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Any difficulties or questions, please call 01626 334841 or email info@southwestchef.co.uk

 

 

Junior finalists 2017

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Jul
20

Following very close semi-finals in the six counties of the South West, we now have the full line-up of finalists for South West Junior Chef 2017!

Our judges found the skills of competitors throughout the South West to be far beyond their years and were encouraged by the promise this holds for the future of the region’s industry, not to mention the thrilling final that now lies in store!

Many congratulations to the winners in each county (outlined here) who will now meet in the final on Saturday 14th October at Ashburton Cookery School, Devon.  Each will benefit from mentoring with one of our judges, providing them with valuable advice and experience of a working kitchen.  Thank you very much indeed to our mentor judges who are all dedicated to helping young chefs to develop their skills.

Details of all semi-finalists and judges can be found below.

Cornwall – Anna West

Penair School, Truro

Anna will be mentored by Stephane Delourme at The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

Devon – Samantha Taylor-Clarke

Stover School, Newton Abbot

Samantha will be mentored by Mark Dodson at The Masons Arms, Knowstone

Dorset – Emily Henson

Bournemouth School for Girls

Emily will be mentored by Brett Sutton at The White Post, Rimpton

Gloucestershire – Amber Clay

Alderman Knight School, Tewkesbury

Amber will be mentored by Gus Ashenford at Restaurant 5 North Street, Winchcombe

Somerset – Munopa Nhete

Queen’s College, Taunton

Munopa will be mentored by Liam Finnegan at The Castle Hotel, Taunton

Wiltshire – Vikki Pearcey Thorn

Lavington School, Market Lavingotn

Vikki will be mentored by Hywel Jones at Lucknam Park

 

Thank you very much to all young cooks, aged 11-16, who took part in the competition and to our judges who were faced with the difficult task of picking one winner in each county.  Thank you also to the region’s catering colleges who hosted the county competitions.

Cornwall

Cornwall College, Camborne – 27th June 2017

Judged by:

  • Neil Haydock, Executive Chef, Watergate Bay Hotel, Newquay
  • Stephane Delourme, Head Chef, The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
  • Mark Devonshire, Chef Lecturer, Cornwall College
Semi-finalists:

Christopher Duke, Penair School, Truro

Cornish mackerel with crushed Cornish new potatoes and saffron mayonnaise

Emma Green, Pool Academy, Redruth

Trio Seafood Platter

Tyler Hodgson, Treviglas Community College, Newquay

Roast shellfish platter with garlic and chilli butter and roast garlic mayonnaise

Scarlett Marsden, Penair School, Truro

Rack of lamb with garlic and rosemary, roast potatoes and madeira jus served with chargrilled asparagus, courgette and feta cheese

Rhiannon, Treviglas Community College

Star Gazey Pie

Anna West, Penair School, Truro

Paupiette of Sea Bass with Cornish cauliflower three ways, Cornish asparagus and a red wine reduction

Devon

Exeter College – 26th June 2017

Judged by:

  • Mark Dodson, Michelin-starred Chef Proprietor of The Masons Arms, Knowstone
  • Scott Paton, Head Chef, Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plymouth
  • John Wheeler, Head of Hospitality, Hair & Beauty, Exeter College

Semi-finalists:

Joshua Abraham, Teign School, Kingsteignton

Chilli roasted salmon, marinated in dill and mustard with green pea relish

Chloe Crocker, Okehampton College

East Raddon tenderloin of lamb, nettle fritters, honey carrots, pea purée and redcurrant juslie

Abbie Evans, Exmouth Community College

Roasted belly pork with caramelised apples and roasted veg

Bella Haines, Colyton Grammar School

Saffron-infused ravioli filled with Lyme Bay scallops, served with a truffle and pea purée, asparagus and crispy Devon bacon

Paige Miller, Marine Academy, Plymouth

Pan fried Sea Bass in a nut brown butter with Chorizo, red onion and cherry tomatoes, sweet potato rosti, asparagus, pea purée and served with a fennel and dill sauce

Daisy Taylor-Botterill, Trinity School, Teignmouth

Duck breast with asparagus, sweet potato, pickled fennel and raspberry

Samantha Taylor-Clarke, Stover School, Newton Abbot

Roasted fillet of beef wrapped in prosciutto, pan-seared wild mushrooms, pea purée, crushed new potatoes, butter poached Morado garlic and a red wine jus

Dorset

Bournemouth and Poole College – 29th June 2017

Judged by:

  • Brett Sutton, Chef Proprietor, The White Post, Rimpton
  • Russell Brown, Director, Creative About Cuisine
  • Gary Kilminster, Business Development Manager, Essential Cuisine
  • Philip Swaffer, Chef Lecturer, Bournemouth and Poole College

Semi-finalists:

Laurence Caley, Ferndown Upper School, Bournemouth

Cheese and leek soufflé with leek and tomato concasse and watercress

Lili Doucy, Bournemouth School for Girls

Pork Belly, doing it the Dorset way! (with Dorset apple cake)

Lily Gladwell, Bournemouth School for Girls

Dorset Blue Vinney and broccoli soufflés

Emily Henson, Bournemouth School for Girls

Local lasagne

Poppy Stratman, Lytchett Minster School, Poole

Steak and Badger Beer pie

Laura Taylor, The Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis

Pan-roasted venison with crushed celeriac, beetroot purée, roast Jerusalem artichoke and  purée and a red wine sauce

Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire College, Cheltenham – 12th July 2017

Judged by:

  • David Everitt-Matthias, Chef Proprietor, Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham
  • Gus Ashenford, Chef Proprietor, Restaurant 5 North Street, Winchcombe
  • Renark Cousins, Chef Lecturer, Gloucestershire College

Semi-finalists:

Eva Bolton-Lake, Maidenhill School, Stonehouse

Gloucestershire Squab Pie and cauliflower cheese

Amber Clay, Alderman Knight School, Tewkesbury

Gloucester Old Spot pork belly with black pudding bon bons served with red cabbage, apple mash and a thyme-infused cider reduction

Becky Fear, All Saints Academy, Cheltenham

Sea Bass with lemon roasted Cornish Kings and asparagus with basil hollandaise

Keziah-Paige Morgan, Maidenhill School, Stonehouse

Honey garlic Salmon with lemon couscous and green beans

Oliver Pender, Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy, Cheltenham

Salmon and Haddock fishcakes with pistachio pesto

Megan Walker, Brimsham Green School, Yate

Herb-crusted Cod with roasted asparagus, Hasselback potatoes and lemon and cream sauce

Somerset

Bath College – 28th June 2017

Judged by:

  • Liam Finnegan, Head Chef, The Castle Hotel, Taunton
  • Chris Cleghorn, Head Chef, The Olive Tree, Queensberry Hotel, Bath
  • Bridget Halford, Head of Hospitality, Bath College

Semi-finalists:

Charlie Bamford, Writhlington School, Radstock

Ceviche mackerel and breadcrumbed crab cakes with a sharp Somerset cider apple jelly and a seasonal salad with homemade bread roll & Somerset butter

Rose Cobden, Hazlegrove Preparatory School, Yeovil

Roasted Somerset leg of duck with an apple and blackberry purée, Somerset cider-braised cabbage, glazed baby carrots and creamed potatoes

Kellar Knight, Whitstone School, Shepton Mallet

Roasted guinea fowl with beetroot, ginger and thyme

Munopa Nhete, Queen’s College, Taunton

Dexter beef surf and turf with Chimichurri sauce & dauphinoise potatoes

Emily Raybould, Queen’s College, Taunton

Somerset Pork Meatballs

Olivia Richardson, Queen’s College, Taunton

Lyme Bay mackerel fillet with Bretonne sauce and Devon crab cake

Wiltshire

Wiltshire College, Trowbridge – 11th July 2017

Judged by:

  • Hywel Jones, Executive Chef, Lucknam Park, Bath
  • Rob Potter, Executive Chef, Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe
  • Stephen Lloyd, Chef Lecturer, Wiltshire College

Semi-finalists:

Lauren Crocker, Trafalgar School at Downton

Sesame butterfiled chicken

Rhys Griffith, The Stonehenge School, Amesbury

Wiltshire watercress, salami and caramelised onion pizza

Lewis King, Abbeyfield School, Chippenham

Local spring lamb steaks on a bed of crushed new potatoes with vine tomatoes and asparagus, served with fresh mint sauce and gravy

Abby Lloyd, Nova Hreod Academy, Swindon

Wiltshire Summer Thali

Spring onion & coconut chicken Tikka Masala with lemon, thyme and cashew Basmati rice

Megan Mason, Trafalgar School at Downton

Kedgeree with homemade Indian flatbread

Vikki Pearcey Thorn, Lavington School, Market Lavington

Beef Wellington with a blue cheese sauce

 

 

 

 

 

Gloucestershire Junior Chef 2017

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Jul
13

Congratulations to Amber Clay from Alderman Knight School who successfully earned the title of Gloucestershire Junior Chef 2017 when she won the Gloucestershire semi-final on Wednesday 12th July and will now go on to represent her county at the final in October.  Although the final scores were very close, our judges all agreed that Amber’s pork belly dish took the edge with its exceptional flavour.

Faced with the challenging task of judging some excellent dishes were our judges:

  • David Everitt-Matthias, Chef Proprietor, Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham
  • Gus Ashenford, Chef Proprietor, Restaurant 5 North Street, Winchcombe
  • Renark Cousins, Chef Lecturer, Gloucestershire College

Thank you very much to all of our judges and to the team at Gloucestershire College for hosting the competition.  Amber will now benefit from support and mentoring from Gus Ashenford in preparation for the final.

 

Many congratulations to all six finalists who ensured this was a very tough and close competition:

Eva Bolton-Lake, Maidenhill School, Stonehouse

Gloucestershire Squab Pie and cauliflower cheese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Clay, Alderman Knight School, Tewkesbury

Gloucester Old Spot pork belly with black pudding bon bons served with red cabbage, apple mash and a thyme-infused cider reduction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Becky Fear, All Saints Academy, Cheltenham

Sea Bass with lemon roasted Cornish Kings and asparagus with basil hollandaise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keziah-Paige Morgan, Maidenhill School, Stonehouse

Honey garlic Salmon with lemon couscous and green beans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oliver Pender, Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy, Cheltenham

Salmon and Haddock fishcakes with pistachio pesto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Megan Walker, Brimsham Green School, Yate

Herb-crusted Cod with roasted asparagus, Hasselback potatoes and lemon and cream sauce

 

 

Wiltshire Junior Chef 2017

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Jul
11

Six young Wiltshire cooks competed in the Junior competition at Wiltshire College Trowbridge on Tuesday 11th July where Vikki Pearcey Thorn from Lavington School, Market Lavington, successfully took the title of Wiltshire Junior Chef 2017 with her delicious Beef Wellington and will now represent Wiltshire at the final in October.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you very much indeed to our judges for this competition:

  • Hywel Jones, Executive Chef, Lucknam Park, Bath
  • Rob Potter, Executive Chef, Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe
  • Stephen Lloyd, Chef Lecturer, Wiltshire College


Vikki will now be mentored by Hywel Jones to help her to prepare her dish for the final, providing a superb opportunity for her to further develop her skills.

Thank you very much to Wiltshire College for hosting the competition.

Many congratulations to all competitors who took part in today’s competition:

Lauren Crocker, Trafalgar School at Downton

Sesame butterfiled chicken

Rhys Griffith, The Stonehenge School, Amesbury

Wiltshire watercress, salami and caramelised onion pizza

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewis King, Abbeyfield School, Chippenham

Local spring lamb steaks on a bed of crushed new potatoes with vine tomatoes and asparagus, served with fresh mint sauce and gravy

Abby Lloyd, Nova Hreod Academy, Swindon

Wiltshire Summer Thali

Spring onion & coconut chicken Tikka Masala with lemon, thyme and cashew Basmati rice

Megan Mason, Trafalgar School at Downton

Kedgeree with homemade Indian flatbread

Vikki Pearcey Thorn, Lavington School, Market Lavington

Beef Wellington with a blue cheese sauce

Dorset Junior Chef 2017

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Jun
30

The Dorset Junior Chef competition took place on Thursday 29th June at Bournemouth and Poole College when six young cooks demonstrated their skills for our judging panel.  The competition was very close and after a great deal of discussion, the judges named the winner as Emily Henson from Bournemouth School for Girls whose dish was bursting with so much flavour!  Emily will now go on to represent Dorset at the final in October.

Thank you very much to our judges for this competition:

  • Brett Sutton, Chef Proprietor, The White Post, Rimpton
  • Russell Brown, Director, Creative About Cuisine
  • Gary Kilminster, Business Development Manager, Essential Cuisine
  • Philip Swaffer, Chef Lecturer, Bournemouth and Poole College


Brett Sutton will mentor Emily in preparation for the final, providing her with the skills to enhance her dish and valuable experience of life in a working kitchen.

Thank you very much to all at Bournemouth and Poole College for hosting the competition.

Well done to all six competitors, each of whom worked extremely hard to prepare and present their dishes for our judges:

Laurence Caley, Ferndown Upper School, Bournemouth

Cheese and leek soufflé with leek and tomato concasse and watercress

Lili Doucy, Bournemouth School for Girls

Pork Belly, doing it the Dorset way! (with Dorset apple cake)

Lily Gladwell, Bournemouth School for Girls

Dorset Blue Vinney and broccoli soufflés

Emily Henson, Bournemouth School for Girls

Local lasagne

Poppy Stratman, Lytchett Minster School, Poole

Steak and Badger Beer pie

Laura Taylor, The Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis

Pan-roasted venison with crushed celeriac, beetroot purée, roast Jerusalem artichoke and  purée and a red wine sauce

 

 

 

 

Somerset Junior Chef 2017

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Jun
29

On Wednesday 28th June, it was the turn of the budding chefs of Somerset who competed for the title of Somerset Junior Chef 2017 at Bath College and for the opportunity to represent Somerset in the final in October.

Once again, competitors certainly did not disappoint.  Our judges were in awe of the ambitious dishes created by such young cooks, among them, our youngest ever junior competitor, Rose, who will be 11 next month!  The judges chose Munopa Nhete from Queen’s College, Taunton, as their winner – many congratulations Munopa and well done to all six semi-finalists (details below).

Thank you very much to all at Bath College for hosting the competition and to our esteemed judges:

  • Liam Finnegan, Head Chef, The Castle Hotel, Taunton
  • Chris Cleghorn, Head Chef, The Olive Tree, Queensberry Hotel, Bath
  • Bridget Halford, Head of Hospitality, Bath College


Munopa will be mentored by Liam at The Castle Hotel where she will learn how to prepare her dish for the final and gain valuable experience of a working kitchen.

All competitors showed great passion for cooking and their calm and focused approach helped them to create some outstanding dishes.  Judges were particularly impressed to see that Emily had not only pressed her own apple juice but had grown and ground her own wheat too!

Many congratulations to all competitors:

Charlie Bamford, Writhlington School, Radstock

Ceviche mackerel and breadcrumbed crab cakes with a sharp Somerset cider apple jelly and a seasonal salad with homemade bread roll & Somerset butter

Rose Cobden, Hazlegrove Preparatory School, Yeovil

Roasted Somerset leg of duck with an apple and blackberry purée, Somerset cider-braised cabbage, glazed baby carrots and creamed potatoes

Kellar Knight, Whitstone School, Shepton Mallet

Roasted guinea fowl with beetroot, ginger and thyme

Munopa Nhete, Queen’s College, Taunton

Dexter beef surf and turf with Chimichurri sauce & dauphinoise potatoes

Emily Raybould, Queen’s College, Taunton

Somerset Pork Meatballs

Olivia Richardson, Queen’s College, Taunton

Lyme Bay mackerel fillet with Bretonne sauce and Devon crab cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornwall Junior Chef 2017

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Jun
27

Many congratulations to Anna West from Penair School, Truro, who won the Cornwall Junior Chef competition on Tuesday 27th June at Cornwall College Cambourne.

Anna competed in the semi-final last year too and armed with the feedback and advice from the judges, came back and won this year and will now go on to represent Cornwall at the final in October.

Competition was strong from the other five semi-finalists who presented a range of intriguing dishes, impressing our judges with their advanced skills.  Take a look at their dishes below.  Well done to all competitors for all their hard work!

Thank you to our judges for the Cornish competition:

  • Neil Haydock, Executive Chef, Watergate Bay Hotel, Newquay
  • Stephane Delourme, Head Chef, The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow
  • Mark Devonshire, Chef Lecturer, Cornwall College


Anna will now be mentored by Stephane Delourme at the Seafood Restaurant in advance of the final.

Thank you very much to Cornwall College for hosting the competition.

The Cornish semi-finalists were:

Christopher Duke, Penair School, Truro

Cornish mackerel with crushed Cornish new potatoes and saffron mayonnaise

Emma Green, Pool Academy, Redruth

Trio Seafood Platter

Tyler Hodgson, Treviglas Community College, Newquay

Roast shellfish platter with garlic and chilli butter and roast garlic mayonnaise

Scarlett Marsden, Penair School, Truro

Rack of lamb with garlic and rosemary, roast potatoes and madeira jus served with chargrilled asparagus, courgette and feta cheese

Rhiannon, Treviglas Community College

Star Gazey Pie

Anna West, Penair School, Truro

Paupiette of Sea Bass with Cornish cauliflower three ways, Cornish asparagus and a red wine reduction

Devon Junior Chef 2017

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Jun
26

The semi-finals of the Junior category of South West Chef of the Year 2017 kicked off today in Devon with some outstanding cooking from some very promising young chefs, all aged under 16.

Well done to the seven young cooks who were selected to take part in the Devon competition at Exeter College (see below), when they prepared their main course dishes under the watchful eyes of our esteemed judges:

  • Mark Dodson, Michelin-starred Chef Proprietor of The Masons Arms, Knowstone
  • Scott Paton, Head Chef, Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plymouth
  • John Wheeler, Head of Hospitality, Hair & Beauty, Exeter College


Demonstrating a wide range of skills, our semi-finalists thoroughly impressed our judges who eventually named the Devon Junior Chef of the Year as Samantha Taylor-Clarke from Stover School, Newton Abbot. Congratulations Samantha!

Samantha will now benefit from valuable mentoring from Mark Dodson in preparation for the final in October.

Thank you very much to our judges for giving up their time to judge and to all the team at Exeter College for kindly hosting the competition.

Congratulations to each of the following young chefs who took part:

Joshua Abraham, Teign School, Kingsteignton

Chilli roasted salmon, marinated in dill and mustard with green pea relish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chloe Crocker, Okehampton College

East Raddon tenderloin of lamb, nettle fritters, honey carrots, pea purée and redcurrant juslie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abbie Evans, Exmouth Community College

Roasted belly pork with caramelised apples and roasted veg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bella Haines, Colyton Grammar School

Saffron-infused ravioli filled with Lyme Bay scallops, served with a truffle and pea purée, asparagus and crispy Devon bacon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paige Miller, Marine Academy, Plymouth

Pan fried Sea Bass in a nut brown butter with Chorizo, red onion and cherry tomatoes, sweet potato rosti, asparagus, pea purée and served with a fennel and dill sauce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daisy Taylor-Botterill, Trinity School, Teignmouth

Duck breast with asparagus, sweet potato, pickled fennel and raspberry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samantha Taylor-Clarke, Stover School, Newton Abbot

Roasted fillet of beef wrapped in prosciutto, pan-seared wild mushrooms, pea purée, crushed new potatoes, butter poached Morado garlic and a red wine jus

 

Junior semi-finals 2017

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Jun
24

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The South West Junior Chef of the Year cook-offs begin on Monday 26th June with a semi-final being held in each of the six counties of the South West.

Following record entries, a number of young cooks aged 11-16 have been selected to cook their main course dish at catering colleges across the region for our judges who will select one winner at each semi-final to go through to the final on Saturday 14th October at Ashburton Cookery School.  Each winner will be mentored by one of our judges when they will benefit from expert advice in preparation for the final and will gain valuable experience of a working kitchen.

Thank you very much to all young cooks who entered and congratulations to those whose entries were selected for the semi-finals, outlined below. Many, many thanks to our judges who give up their time to support all the budding young chefs and to the catering colleges who kindly host the semi-finals.

Six semi-finalists have been selected in each county, with the exception of Devon where judges simply could not split some of the entries and opted to invite seven competitors to the competition.

Keep an eye on the news page of the website for news of the result in each county over the coming weeks!

 

Monday 26th June

Devon semi-final

Exeter College

 

Judges:

Mark Dodson, Chef Proprietor, The Masons Arms, Knowstone

Scott Paton, Head Chef, Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plymouth

John Wheeler, Head of Hospitality, Exeter College

 

Semi-finalists:

  • Josh Abraham, Teign School, Kingsteignton
  • Chloe Crocker, Okehampton College, Okehampton
  • Abbie Evans, Exmouth Community College, Exmouth
  • Bella Haines, Colyton Grammar School, Colyton
  • Paige Miller, Marine Academy, Plymouth
  • Daisy Taylor-Botterill, Trinity School, Teignmouth
  • Samantha Taylor-Clarke, Stover School, Newton Aboot

 

Tuesday 27th June

Cornwall semi-final

Cornwall College Camborne

 

Judges:

Neil Haydock, Executive Chef, Watergate Bay Hotel

Stephane Delourme, Head Chef, The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow

Mark Devonshire, Chef Lecturer, Cornwall College

 

Semi-finalists:

  • Christopher Duke, Penair School, Truro
  • Emma Green, Pool Academy, Redruth
  • Tyler Hodgson, Treviglas Community College, Newquay
  • Scarlett Marsden, Penair School, Truro
  • Rhiannon, Treviglas Community College
  • Anna West, Penair School, Truro

 

Wednesday 28th June

Somerset semi-final

Bath College

 

Judges:

Liam Finnegan, Head Chef, The Castle Hotel, Taunton

Chris Cleghorn, Head Chef, The Olive Tree Restaurant, Queensberry Hotel, Bath

Bridget Halford, Head of Hospitality, Bath College

 

Semi-finalists:

  • Charlie Bamford, Writhlington School, Radstock
  • Rose Cobden, Hazlegrove Preparatory School, Yeovil
  • Kellar Knight, Whitstone School, Shepton Mallet
  • Munopa Nhete, Queen’s College, Taunton
  • Emily Raybould, Queen’s College, Taunton
  • Olivia Richardson, Queen’s College, Taunton

 

Thursday 29th June

Dorset semi-final

Bournemouth and Poole College

 

Judges:

Brett Sutton, Chef Proprietor, The White Post, Rimpton

Russell Brown, Director, Creative About Cuisine

Gary Kilminster, Business Development Manager, Essential Cuisine

 

Semi-finalists:

  • Laurence Caley, Ferndown Upper School, Bournemouth
  • Lili Doucy, Bournemouth School for Girls
  • Lily Gladwell, Bournemouth School for Girls
  • Emily Henson, Bournemouth School for Girls
  • Poppy Stratman, Lytchett Minster School, Poole
  • Laura Taylor, The Woodroffe School, Lyme Regis

 

Tuesday 11th July

Wiltshire semi-final

Wiltshire College, Trowbridge

 

Judges:

Hywel Jones, Executive Chef, Lucknam Park, Bath

Robert Potter, Executive Chef, The Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe

Stephen Lloyd, Chef Lecturer, Wiltshire College

 

Semi-finalists:

  • Lauren Crocker, Trafalgar School at Downton
  • Rhys Griffith, The Stonehenge School, Amesbury
  • Lewis King, Abbeyfield School, Chippenham
  • Abby Lloyd, Nova Hreod Academy, Swindon
  • Megan Mason, Trafalgar School at Downton
  • Vikki Pearcey, Lavington School, Market Lavington

 

Wednesday 12th July

Gloucestershire semi-final

Gloucestershire College Cheltenham

 

Judges:

David Everitt-Matthias, Le Champignon Sauvage, Cheltenham

Gus Ashenford, Restaurant 5 North Street, Winchcombe

Renark Cousins, Chef Lecturer, Gloucestershire College

 

Semi-finalists:

  • Eva Bolton-Lake, Maidenhill School, Stonehouse
  • Amber Clay, Alderman Knight School, Tewkesbury
  • Becky Fear, All Saints Academy, Cheltenham
  • Keziah-Paige Morgan, Maidenhill School, Stonehouse
  • Oliver Pender, Bishops Cleeve Primary Academy, Cheltenham
  • Megan Walker, Brimsham Green School, Yate

 

Check back soon to see which young cook has been selected to represent their county in the final in October.

 

South West Chef winners at Exeter Festival

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Each of the 2016 South West Chef of the Year winners appeared on stage in the Festival Cookery Theatre at the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink that took place in Northernhay Gardens from 29th April to 1st May 2017.

This was the 14th annual festival when visitors enjoyed another fantastic, all-star line-up of leading chefs, an extensive range of food and drink exhibitors, the After Dark music festival and much more!

The Cookery Theatre, hosted by Michael Caines MBE, welcomed many Michelin-starred chefs including Tom Kerridge, Simon Hulstone, Paul Ainsworth, Michael Wignall, Mark Dodson and Josh Eggleton, along with a further 30 of the region’s finest chefs (see full list below).  Among them, were the five winners of South West Chef of the Year 2016!

Jamie Coleman and Harrison Brockington

Jamie Coleman and Harrison Brockington kicked off the South West Chef of the Year demonstrations on Sunday morning when Jamie prepared a dish he calls “Malted Milk” comprising malted rose veal with whey onions, Quickes Cheese rarebit and cow parsley while Harrison cooked a summery Sea Bass and asparagus dish.

 

 

 

 

Jamie Coleman, South West Professional and Overall Chef of the Year (sponsored by Ritter Courivaud) and head chef at Saunton Sands Hotel, Saunton

Harrison Brockington, South West Student/Apprentice Chef of the Year (sponsored by Nisbets) and apprentice chef at The Grosvenor Hotel, Torquay and Exeter College

 

Timothy Kendall and Guy Owen

Their demonstration was followed later in the day by Timothy Kendall who demonstrated a version of one of his winning competition dishes – pan fried hake with crispy hake skin, broccoli purée, stirfry, pickled broccoli stalk and bacon foam  in a hotly contested head-to-head demo with his head chef, Guy Owen who prepared red mullet, lettuce, squid ink, salsa verde and saffron.

After much applause and cheering from the audience it was decided that Timothy possibly just edged the win!!

Timothy Kendall, South West Young Professional Chef of the Year (sponsored by Lympstone Manor and Michael Caines MBE) and senior chef de partie at The Idle Rocks, St Mawes and Guy  Owen, head chef at The Idle Rocks

Ethan Macdonald and Sue Stoneman

On Monday, Ethan Macdonald, and Sue Stoneman took to the stage. Ethan wowed the audience with his knowledge, for such a young chef, in creating a stunning chicken mousse with mushroom and asparagus, while Sue demonstrated skills fit for a professional chef as she recreated her winning main course dish of pork tenderloin stuffed with chicken mousse and black pudding with a cider sauce.

Ethan Macdonald, South West Junior Chef of the Year and apprentice chef at The Salutation Inn, Topsham and Exeter College

Sue Stoneman, South West Home Cook of the Year (sponsored by Ashburton Cookery School) from Exmouth

 

Sue, who was named West Country Baking Champion at the 2015 Festival, also demonstrated her baking skills in the West Country Bakery marquee both on Sunday and Monday, preparing a tear-and-share bread and an intriguing chocolate and avocado cake!

 

Other chefs that were demonstrating in the Festival Cookery Theatre over the weekend included:

Michael Caines MBE, Scott Paton, Matt Mason, Matthew Peryer, Ian Webber, Dez Turland, Darrin Hosegrove, Rob Spencer, Peter Gorton, Daniel Gavrilidis, Simon Hulstone, Michael Wignall, Josh Eggleton, Thomas Hine, Tom Williams-Hawkes, Adam Little, Tom Kerridge, Paul Ainsworth, Amy Symonds, Neil Haydock, James Mason, Bini Ludlow, Angus McCaig, Ashley Wright, Liam Finnegan, Mark Dodson, Emily Scott and Jean-Phillippe Bidart.

How would you like the opportunity to appear at the Festival in 2018? Make sure you enter South West Chef of the Year this year for a chance to appear as one of our winners!

Entries are now open for the Junior category – click here for more details.  Keep following for more details about the other four categories of the competition.

 

 

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