South West Chef winners at Exeter Festival

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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