Trio of Awards for Farm’s Speciality Sausages

A Devon farm has beaten off stiff competition to win not one, but three, highly sought-after awards for its farm-reared pork products

Taste of the West awarded Kenniford Farm a gold award for its cranberry and rosemary sausages and two silver awards for its pork pie and Cumberland ring.

The awards celebrate quality, integrity and provenance of food in the west, and seek to promote and give recognition to local produce that goes above and beyond in terms of quality and taste.

Kenniford Farm has been rearing pigs in Clyst St Mary for over 20 years. The farm is Red Tractor approved and has consistently won awards for its produce.

Andrew Freemantle, owner of Kenniford Farm said: ‘This award means the world to us as we pour everything into the care and welfare of our pigs, and work hard to create delicious and innovative recipes. It’s fantastic to get this recognition for our work and passion.’

Kenniford Farm produce is sold at local stockists, and in their on-site farm shop.

Visit www.kennifordfarm.co.uk for more information.

 

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La Petite Bouchée Wins Gold

JUST months after arriving in its new mid Devon home, French restaurant La Petite Bouchée, has won one of the region’s most prestigious dining awards.

The bistro, which began life in south east London as a vintage French Camper van seating just four people, has been awarded the gold Taste of the West gold award for Best Restaurant in the South West.

Following their move to Devon, owners Anita-Clare and Caroline Field, opened up a 20 cover supper club in the dining room of their beautiful home in Witheridge in May.

Anita-Clare, who is also the restaurant’s chef, said they were thrilled to have won such a prestigious award.

She added: ‘To have won the Taste of the West gold award is just fantastic. It’s still sinking in. We have worked so hard since moving to Devon and we’re very proud to have won this.’

‘This is very much a team award. There are so many people involved in making sure that La Petite Bouchée runs like clockwork. From our amazing in house team Linzi, Nigel and Daniel and to our PR team Eleanor and Sue, and not forgetting all of our amazing suppliers who have all made this possible by providing us with some of Devon’s finest ingredients’

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The restaurant, which had previously won the Time Out award for Best Restaurant in Sydenham, serves traditional French cuisine, with all produce sourced from within a 25-mile radius.

The move from south east London, was something that Anita-Clare and Caroline had dreamed of doing for some time.

Anita-Clare said: ‘We had built up a very loyal following in London since we started in 2014. But we’d always longed to move to the west country, and so far, it’s been everything that we hoped it would be. This really is the icing on the cake.’

For further information about La Petite Bouchée’s mailing list, contact Eleanor Yeo on eleanor@mcmu.co.uk.

*Photography courtesy of Nick Hook

Love us? Nominate us! Brilliance in Blogging Awards #BiBs2017

BritMums have launched this years Brilliance in Blogging Awards! Highlighting the best in parenting and lifestyle blogs across the country, it recognises the most creative, inventive and compelling bloggers of the year in a variety of categories.

Both of us, Chris and Lauren, are not freelancers who fit all these lovely things in between projects or clients (how we wish!) – we work full time, fitting in all our foodie adventures in around the day job. We absolutely love blogging; the eating and the wonderful people and businesses we meet along the way just makes it even more special.

We would love a nomination from our fab followers, if you can spare a few minutes, and you think we are worthy. We’ve broken it down a bit for you so you know what to do and can quickly get on with your daily grind, reading of random online news or playing that addictive game you were on until you saw this post!

Nominations close 11:59 on 7th June!

Follow this link: http://bit.ly/BiBs2017

Scroll down the ‘inner form’ on the BiBs page. All you need to do to nominate us, apart from entering your name, email and phone number is

Locate Number 5 Food Category – The award that celebrates the tastiest blogs around and fill in as follows:

‘Blog name’: Eating Exeter

‘Blog URL’: https://eatingexeter.co

‘Bloggers Twitter ID’: @eatingexeter

‘Blogger’s Email’: eatingexeter@gmail.com

‘Why do you feel this blogger deserves to win’: aha…that’s up to you and in your own words

‘URL of your favourite post’: Up to you to choose or see below

Then SUBMIT! We’ll send you virtual foodie hugs!

We realise this may seem a bit of effort for some and so we have put a selection below to jog your memory. If you think of any you have enjoyed then just look through our review directory or google Eating Exeter… xxxx review and copy and past the URL into the form.

Maybe you enjoyed Lauren’s Business lunch at Bills?

https://eatingexeter.co/2016/05/16/a-business-lunch-at-bills-exeter-by-lauren-heath/

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Or Chris’ soulful write up of the much loved Harry’s

https://eatingexeter.co/2016/11/14/harrys-restaurant-longbrook-st-by-chris-gower/

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Lauren’s meat-tastic day out with Pipers Farm and Exeter Cookery School…

https://eatingexeter.co/2016/08/17/exeter-cookery-school-full-day-meat-butchery-course-with-pipers-farm-by-lauren-heath/

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Or did Chris’ write up of Topsham’s Salutation Inn make you salivate…

https://eatingexeter.co/2016/09/16/the-salutation-inn-topsham-chris-gower/

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Or one of the fantastic Q&A’s showcasing local food heroes and producers such as local (but nationally popular) wine expert Susy Atkins?

https://eatingexeter.co/2016/04/18/10-questions-with-susy-atkins-by-lauren-heath/

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Thank you in advance for your nomination, we really appreciate it!

Food & Drink Devon Awards 2017 Launched

Entries are now open for the prestigious Food & Drink Devon Awards 2017, following 2016’s record-breaking year. These awards celebrate the very best Devon has to offer by recognising the county’s most respected, influential and passionate artisan food and drink producers and establishments.

The awards, currently in their seventh year, continue to grow with 2016 recording the highest number of entries to date as well as boasting a glittering sell out awards evening. Last year the judges tasted 200 of the finest products and visited dozens of establishments across Devon to select the pick of the crop for a shortlist of just 60.

Barbara King, a proud champion of Devon’s producers and chair of the board of directors for Food & Drink Devon, comments: “Devon continues to create a name for itself as a must visit food and drink destination. We are privileged to have so many dynamic and innovative local producers and purveyors and these awards give us the chance to recognise their success and contributions to this vibrant industry. Last year saw the number and standard of entries go through the roof and we’re expecting even greater things this year.”

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Barbara King

The awards cover a broad spectrum of categories across the Devon food and drink scene. The Retail awards on offer include ‘Best Producer’, ‘Best Packaging’, ‘Best Retailer’ and ‘Best Online Retailer’. Whilst the Hospitality sector is also acknowledged with a number of highly sought after awards including ‘Best Fine Dining Restaurant’, ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’, ‘Best Restaurant’, ‘Best Bistro’ and ‘Best Takeaway’. This year, to reflect the growth of some key areas within the industry, we have added three new categories, ‘Best Street Food’, ‘Best Farmers’ Market’ and ‘Best Cookery School’.

Luscombe Drinks is sponsoring the restaurant categories and has done so since the awards first launched. Founder and owner of this leading Devon organic soft drinks company, Gabriel David, says:  “Since the inception of the Awards, Luscombe Drinks have been key sponsors.  Food & Drink Devon’s profile has grown enormously since and these Awards are seen as a champion of great taste and service in Devon, attracting a national audience. We are very pleased to sponsor again in 2017.”

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Closing date for entries is Friday 21st April. Judging will be carried out by a panel of experts, including a number of celebrated names from the industry, and will take place over the following three months. All entrants will be able to benefit from invaluable product feedback provided by the panel. The winners will be invited to collect their awards at a dazzling black tie ceremony in October.

Kind sponsors of this year’s Awards include Luscombe Drinks, Stephens Scown Solicitors, Peplows Accountants, RAW PR & Marketing, Thornes Farm Shop, InkREADible Labels, Hedgerow Print, Black & White Asset Finance and Taste Buds magazine.

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Food & Drink Devon works tirelessly to increase the county’s profile, both nationally and internationally.  Food & Drink Devon – ‘Love the Flavour’ represents a membership of like-minded businesses, dedicated to providing good quality local food and drink.  The Food & Drink Devon association is committed to continuously achieving its mission – to make ‘Love the Flavour’ a nationally recognised brand for outstanding sustainable food and drink.

For more information on Food & Drink Devon please visit www.foodanddrinkdevon.co.uk  and follow @lovetheflavour on Twitter.  For further information about the Awards or to enter please contact Ali Neagle on 07789 666064 or email awards@foodanddrinkdevon.co.uk.

Main Award Categories

  • Devon Producer Taste Awards– for individual items produced by primary and secondary producers.
  • Overall best Devon Producer Award– for primary and secondary producers.
  • Devon Producer Packaging Award– for primary and secondary producers.
  • Taste of Devon Hospitality– for restaurants, cafés, bistros, pubs and street food.
  • Devon Retailer– for farm shops, delis, food halls, other food shops and online retailers.
  • Best Farmers Market– open to all Farmers Markets across Devon.
  • Best Cookery School – open to all Cookery School across Devon.

Devon’s Powderkeg Brewery Wins International ‘Best Lager’ Award

Powderkeg Brewery, based in Woodbury Salterton near Exeter, has gone straight to the top with its first award, having won Best Lager at The Beer Awards for its pilsner ‘Cut Loose’.

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The Beer Awards are run by the world-renowned IWSC (International Wine & Spirit Competition), with the beers judged in a blind tasting by leading figures from the international beer industry. Winning ‘Best in Show’ in its category, Cut Loose was described as ‘one of the 16 best beers in the world’. Needless to say, it’s a big award for a microbrewery tucked away in a corner of the Devon countryside.

Powderkeg is run by husband and wife team John and Jess Magill. John, who makes the beer, had this to say, “It’s really amazing. We’re overjoyed. Our intention has always been to make the best beer we can and it’s fantastic that has been recognised. But it does make me chuckle that a little Devon micro can be a world-beater when you simplify things down to just what is in the glass.”

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Describing the brewery’s approach, John explained “Cut Loose is a classic full-flavoured German Pilsner in almost every way, but we add a new breed of hop called Motueka which infuses a subtle lemon and lime finish, before letting the beer mature for a full six weeks. That sums up what we are all about – progressive beers, great ingredients and not cutting corners – it’s a simple approach, but it’s surprisingly rare!”

Jess Magill went on to say, “We’re delighted to have put Devon beer on the international map. Our intention has always been to move Devon beer forwards – to shake things up, improve the quality and introduce new styles and flavours. We don’t have the budget, history or influence of other breweries, so we just let the beer do the talking – and people are clearly listening. Powderkeg is still very young and this award is just the beginning.”

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the great local businesses and open-minded beer drinkers that have supported us over the last year. There are so many people in Devon that care about quality local produce, and it is to those people that we raise a celebratory pint today.”

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Powderkeg only opened for business in the Summer of 2015, but already had plans in place to expand by the end of the year as a result of a successful start to life, having brewed over 200,000 pints in its first year of trading.

But don’t expect to see Cut Loose everywhere you go from now on. “We’ll hopefully increase production in the new year, but to be honest – it can’t be by much. It will remain a small batch beer, and we’ll mostly keep it for the local market. The world’s beer drinkers will have to come to Devon if they want some.”

‘Speak Easy’, Powderkeg’s Transatlantic Pale Ale, was also recognised with an award at the competition.

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To see where Powderkeg is sold please visit:

http://www.powderkegbeer.co.uk/news/devon-destinations/

Interact with them on Twitter @PowderkegBeer and Facebook @PowderkegBeer or visit their website.

South West Chef finalists announced for 2016

Entrants battled it out at the semi-finals of South West Chef of the Year on Saturday 8th October hosted by Exeter College. The region’s prestigious culinary competition, now in its 13th year, was co-founded and is co-judged by Michael Caines MBE and aims to nurture the next generation of top chefs. The nail-biting semi-finals on the weekend gave entrants in the Professional, Young Professional and Student/Apprentice classes the chance to impress nine top chefs from the region as well as the opportunity to go through to the grand final to be held on Monday 24th October.

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Of the standard demonstrated over the course of the semi-final, Michael Caines said: “All the entrants put in a huge amount of hard work with rigorous standards shown throughout the preparation stage and in the cooking and presentation of dishes. The judging team was delighted to see cooking of such high calibre.”

For the first time, judges were unable to split the semi-finalists in the Professional category and have selected five for the final, instead of the usual four. The finalists are Martin Blake, Senior Sous Chef at Manor House Hotel; Shaun Cassidy, Sous Chef at Jack in the Green; Jamie Coleman, Head Chef at Saunton Sands Hotel; Joseph Fallowfield, Sous Chef at The Square and Magic Kijewski, Head Chef at Molecular Magic.

Finalists in the Young Professional category are: Timothy Kendall, Chef de Partie at The Seafood Restaurant; Joshua Martin, Junior Sous Chef at Deer Park Country House Hotel; Lily O’Donoghue, Commis Chef at Mount Somerset Hotel and Jade Stephens, Chef de Partie at Lucknam Park.

Finalists in the Student/Apprentice category are: Harrison Brockington of Exeter College and Apprentice Chef at Dart Marina Hotel; Maia English, Apprentice Chef at The Elephant Restaurant; Sophie Kennard of Somerset College and Apprentice Chef at The Swan Inn and Lauren King, Apprentice Chef at The Horn of Plenty.

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The competition aims to provide entrants with the opportunity to learn and progress thanks to the feedback and mentoring they receive. Maia English, finalist in the Student/Apprentice Chef category is a previous winner of the Junior category in 2013 when she was still at school. Maia was mentored by one of the competition’s judges and since winning in 2013, has gone on to become an apprentice chef, firstly at Gidleigh Park while studying part-time at Exeter College and now at The Elephant Restaurant in Torquay.

Competitors frequently work their way up through the various categories of the competition and several of the entrants have reached the final before including: Jamie Coleman, Magic Kijewski and Joshua Martin.

This year’s competition was judged by Paul Ainsworth of Paul Ainsworth at Number 6; Stephane Delourme of The Seafood Restaurant; Consultant Chef Peter Gorton; Neil Haydock of Watergate Bay Hotel; Matt Mason of Jack in the Green; Amanda Metcalfe of Exeter College, Seth Ward of Bidvest Foodservice, Michael Wignall of Gidleigh Park and head judge Michael Caines.

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The next stage of the competition will take place on Saturday 15th October with those in the Home Cook and Junior Classes battling it out in their final at Ashburton Cookery School in Devon.

A grand final for the two professional classes and the student chef class will take place on Monday 24th October at Exeter College. This will be followed by a sumptuous awards ceremony and dinner in the evening hosted by sponsor, Exeter Golf & Country Club.

The awards dinner will be hosted by Michael Caines and his team of judges and comprises a culinary feast with courses prepared by three top chefs from the region. The chefs selected to cook at this year’s awards dinner are judge Hywel Jones, a Michelin-starred Executive Chef at Lucknam Park, Bath; Jamie Rogers, a previous winner of South West Chef of the Year (2015) and Head Chef at Belgrave Sands Hotel, Torquay and Scott Paton, also a previous winner of South West Young Professional Chef of the Year (2009) and Head Chef at Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plymouth. Hywel, Jamie and Scott will be supported in the kitchen and front of house by students of the Michael Caines Academy.

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Members of the public can buy tickets to the South West Chef of the Year Annual Awards Dinner, priced at £80 per person and enjoy sumptuous food and drink throughout the evening.  A further information and ticket reservation email address has been set up: info@southwestchef.co.uk.

Julie Corcutt of Veg in a Box is up for two Venus Women Awards

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Local food entrepreneur, Julie Corcutt, has been nominated in the Devon Venus Awards 2016 and, after being a semi-finalist and being visited by the category sponsors is now a confirmed finalist in two categories – Entrepreneur of the Year and New Business.

She owns and runs Veg in a Box with her partner Bela, and their sister company is TheDevon Meatbox Company. Both businesses have gone from strength to strength with standard, custom made and themed boxes changing constantly to what the customer wants and a flexible delivery schedule.

I have blogged about them in the past and continue to support them in any way I can in my spare time from a foodie and PA point of view and I can say they are one of the most incredibly hard working people I know. Along with existing products they sell, I am pleased to have introduced other small suppliers to them, who they love collaborating with by stocking items in their boxes – bringing the smaller producer to the customer. It’s a fantastic ethos – any suppliers out there, do get in touch with them if you think this is something that would help you.

The winners will be announced at a glamorous ceremony and gala dinner at The Great Hall, University of Exeter on Friday 18th November 2016. Further categories and finalists were announced recently on Venus Awards twitter page: https://twitter.com/WomenAwards

If you’d like to know a bit more about them, click here for my 10 Q&A with them from earlier in the year.

We have some fantastic small food businesses in Devon and we should support them as best we can.