South West Chef at Source Trade Show 2018

South West Chef of the Year co-founder and lead judge, Michael Caines MBE, and a number of our award winners demonstrated their skills in the cookery theatre at the Source/Taste of the West Trade Show at Westpoint Arena, Exeter on 7th and 8th February 2018.

Ethan Macdonald and Jim Volrath

Demonstrations were kicked off on Wednesday 7th February by South West Junior Chef 2016, Ethan Macdonald.  Now an apprentice chef at Exeter College and working at the Salutation Inn, Topsham. Ehtan was demonstrating alongside fellow apprentice chef, Jim Volrath.

Rob Cox and Joshua Murphy

Next on stage was a joint demonstration by two 2017 winners, Rob Cox and Joshua Murphy.

Rob (pictured left) won South West Chef of the Year 2017 (overall and Professional category winner) and is head chef at The Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Clearwell, Gloucestershire.  Joshua Murphy won South West Young Professional Chef of the Year 2017 and is demi chef de partie at Lucknam Park, Bath.









Longhorn beef sirloin, Jerusalem artichoke, truffle and shallot by Rob Cox


Crab and scallop ravioli with a lemongrass and tomato beurre blanc by Joshua Murphy



Michael Caines MBE

Michael, Head judge of South West Chef of the Year and chef/patron Lympstone Manor, Lympstone, Devon, prepared two dishes and was joined in the kitchen by Jake and Liza, students at Exeter College.




Seared scallops, caramelised cauliflower, sweet raisin vinaigrette, lemon and thyme oil by Michael Caines



Eleanor Thuell











The second day of the trade show began with a demonstration by Eleanor Thuell, South West Student/Apprentice Chef of the Year 2017 who is a student at Exeter College and also works at Rodean Restaurant, Kenton, Devon.  Eleanor was accompanied on stage by Jonathan Tooke, chef/tutor at Exeter College.


Eleanor re-created one of her winning dishes prepared in the final of South West Student/Apprentice Chef of the Year, Stone Bass with butter sauce,shrimps, charred leek and sea vegetables



Matthew Downing

South West Professional Chef of the Year 2010, Matthew Downing, is head chef at River Cottage Kitchen, Axminster, Devon.  He prepared a number of seafood dishes for a presentation in conjunction with Rajina Gurung from the Marine Conservation Society and was assisted in the demo kitchen by Kane, catering apprentice from Coombe Pafford School.



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