Awards Evening

Prestigious Awards Presentation Evening

Each year the winners of South West Chef of the Year are announced at a prestigious awards presentation evening.  This evening brings about a very rare gathering of the South West’s leading chefs, including our judges and competitors, young chefs of the future, suppliers and many other industry representatives.  As such it is a true celebration of all sectors of the thriving South West food, drink and hospitality industries.

All are welcome to join us to enjoy a memorable dinner prepared by judges and previous winners of the competition, assisted in the kitchen and front of house by students of the Michael Caines Academy.  You don’t have to be a competitor or involved in the competition in any way to come along.  Details of how to book your place at the dinner will be published nearer the time.

The awards presentation evening takes place immediately following the finals of the professional and student chef categories and is sponsored and hosted by Exeter Golf and Country Club.  In 2019, the dinner will be held on the evening of Tuesday 22nd October.

Following a delicious meal, including perfectly paired wines with each course, our finalists are relieved of the suspense as our awards are presented to the winners!

Information about our 2019 awards evening will be published nearer the time but you can see below for details of our 2018 awards dinner. 

2018 Awards Evening

Celebrating 15 years of South West Chef of the Year

The 2018 awards evening took place on Wednesday 24th October.

Dinner was prepared by three leading chefs, all previous winners of South West Chef of the Year


Rob Cox

South West Chef of the Year 2017 and head chef, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Clearwell

John dory and scallop bourride, charred hispi cabbage and coriander


Matt Mason

South West Chef of the Year 2007 and now a judge and head chef, The Jack in the Green, Rockbeare

Devon duck breast, smoked duck leg and potato dauphinois, griottine cherries, celeriac and granola.


Mike Tweedie

South West Chef of the Year 2012 and head chef, Adare Manor, Co. Limerick

A chocolate bar of fruit and nut

Chefs were supported in the kitchen and front of house by students of the Michael Caines Academy and staff at the Exeter Golf and Country Club

Wine was perfectly paired with each dish and supplied by Liberty Wines

The evening began at 6.45pm with a drinks reception when guests enjoyed the wonderful Salcombe Gin as a welcome drink, served with Luscombe Devon Tonic and canapés prepared by our chefs.

We are extremely grateful to the following supporters who supplied ingredients, drinks and services for the evening:

Sponsor and host of the awards evening:

Our other supporters: