News: South West Chef of the Year 2018: Semi-Finalists Announced

South West Chef of the Year 2018: Semi-Finalists Announced The semi-finalists and finalists for the prestigious South West Chef of the Year competition have today been announced.  After the challenging task of assessing an exceptional array of entries, the panel of judges, led by Michael Caines MBE, have selected the finalists across five categories: Professional, Young Professional, Home Cook, Junior Chef and Student / Apprentice. … Continue reading News: South West Chef of the Year 2018: Semi-Finalists Announced

South West Chef of the Year is open for entries for a fifteenth year!

The 2018 prestigious South West Chef of the Year is open for applications to showcase the excellence in the South West’s hospitality industry. Now in its 15th year, the highly anticipated culinary contest aims to find the very best regional talent for five different categories.  Photos included are taken from last year’s competition, read our review here! Lead judge and co-founder Michael Caines MBE of Lympstone Manor … Continue reading South West Chef of the Year is open for entries for a fifteenth year!

Exeter Food Festival 2018 by Chris Gower

Exeter Food Festival is one of the yearly highlights that I look forward to on our foodie calendar.  This year I feel it was the best yet, and although we were not able to stay for the whole evening too, it was an unforgettable day that I enjoyed thoroughly. The gates opened at 10am, but we were there a bit earlier on Saturday.  Local culinary … Continue reading Exeter Food Festival 2018 by Chris Gower

South West Chef of the Year 2017

We are on the cusp of December. It seems like an age ago that some of the region’s culinary talent took over the kitchens at Exeter College’s @34 Restaurant to demonstrate their skills in front of the scrutiny of the judges including our regions very own chef superstar and Exeter College governor, Michael Caines MBE. And it has been an age.  Bloggers are not like … Continue reading South West Chef of the Year 2017

Strawberry Roulade courtesy of Sue Stoneman, South West Home Cook of the Year 2016

Over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of exclusive recipes from South West Chef of The Year past contestants.  The South West Chef of The Year is the competition to get yourself in to if you reckon you have what it takes to go up against some of the best in the region.  Entries close 31st July. Previous winners have included Jamie Coleman, … Continue reading Strawberry Roulade courtesy of Sue Stoneman, South West Home Cook of the Year 2016

The South West leads the way with competition to champion young chefs and home cooks

The 2017 prestigious South West Chef of the Year competition is open for applications. The highly anticipated culinary contest is the only one in the UK with the aim to find the very best regional talent from not one but five categories including professional and young professional chefs, students and apprentices, junior cooks under 16 years and home cooks. The South West’s culinary reputation has … Continue reading The South West leads the way with competition to champion young chefs and home cooks

South West Chef of the Year 2016 – Semi Finalists announced

Judges of South West Chef of the Year have chosen the semi-finalists who will go forward to the closing stages of this year’s prestigious competition. Chefs from around the region battled it out for a place in the next stage of their category. Founder and co-judge Michael Caines MBE has praised the standard of culinary skill already shown in this stage of the competition. The … Continue reading South West Chef of the Year 2016 – Semi Finalists announced

South West Chef of the Year 2015: The Grand Final

I was invited to attend the first part of the Grand Final of The South West Chef Of The Year 2015 last Thursday.  Upon reflection I most probably could have done some interviewing too, but I was a fly-on-the-wall, an observer with a camera. This is an experience that foodies don’t often get to be a part of.  In fact, apart from the members of the … Continue reading South West Chef of the Year 2015: The Grand Final