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, home cooks, 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.

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.

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!

2023 Awards Evening

Tuesday 24th October 2023

Exeter Golf and Country Club from 6.45pm

Dinner will be prepared by three leading chefs, all previous winners or judges of South West Chef of the Year


Jamaar Semper

Sous Chef, The Methuen Arms, Corsham

South West Young Professional Chef of the Year 2019


Nathan Johnson

Junior Sous Chef, The Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath

South West Young Professional and Overall Chef of the Year 2022


Chris Cleghorn

Michelin-starred Executive Head Chef, The Olive Tree, Bath

South West Chef of the Year judge

Monkfish, celeriac purée, celeriac sauce, pickled apple, hazelnut and truffle pesto, sea herbs

Paired with Papa Figos Branco, Douro, Portugal 2022

kindly supplied by Liberty Wines

West Country beef fillet, Maitake, Yukon Gold, Pedro Ximénez, red wine jus

Paired with Finca Museum, ‘Museum’ Cigales Reserva, Castillo y Leon, Spain 2019

kindly supplied by Liberty Wines

Oak Church Raspberries, Ivy House tonka bean ice cream, Fennel, 25 year old Balsamic vinegar

Paired with Sandeman 20 Year Old Tawny Port, Portugal

kindly supplied by Liberty Wines

The evening will begin with a drinks reception when guests will enjoy

Four Seas Gin kindly supplied by Salcombe Gin

served with Devon Tonic kindly supplied by Luscombe


Sicilian Citrus Crush kindly supplied by Luscombe


The meal will conclude with



Petits fours

kindly supplied by Peltier and Caines French Patisserie


With many thanks to: Flying Fish Seafoods who will supply all fish and seafood; MC Kelly who will supply the meats; Dole who will supply all fresh produce and Ritter Courivaud who will supply dry and specialised goods.

Wines will be paired for each course and supplied by Liberty Wines

The chefs will be supported in the kitchen and front of house by students of the Michael Caines Academy and staff at the Exeter Golf and Country Club

The evening will begin at 6.45pm with a drinks reception when guests will be able to enjoy the recently launched Four Seas Gin from the Salcombe Distilling Company served with Devon Tonic from Luscombe Drinks or Sicilian Citrus Crush from Luscombe Drinks, along with canapés prepared by our chefs.

Tickets are available at £110 each

To book your tickets, see below

We are extremely grateful to a range of partners, outlined below, who will kindly supply ingredients, drinks and services for the evening:

Sponsor and host of the awards evening:

Our supporters:


Tickets are £110 per person

Seating is in tables of 10.

Dress code: lounge suit

Tickets include a drinks reception with canapés, an exciting three-course meal, wine with each course, coffee and petits fours.

A vegetarian option for the starter and main course is available and all dietary requirements can be catered for.

Tickets can be purchased using the secure system by clicking the ‘Buy’ button below.  If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please call 01626 334841 or email: to reserve your tickets and make arrangements for payment.

Please make sure you send us the details of any dietary requirements when purchasing your tickets.  We would also be grateful if you could supply us with the names of all ticket holders for the seating plan please.  You can do so by sending an email to

All tickets are digital and you will receive these by email.