EVENT: South West Chef of the Year 2018 15th Anniversary Awards Presentation Dinner by Sue Stoneman

It was an honour and a pleasure to be invited back to the Awards Presentation Dinner as for the last three years I have been involved with South West Chef of the Year in the Home Cook Category. I was a finalist in 2015, and again in 2016 where I won the title South West Home Cook of the Year and also in 2017.  I … Continue reading EVENT: South West Chef of the Year 2018 15th Anniversary Awards Presentation Dinner by Sue Stoneman

News: Finalists announced for 2018 South West Chef of the Year

The finalists for this year’s South West Chef of the Year competition have been chosen and now face the toughest challenge yet – to prepare their dishes for a daunting line-up of judges on 24th October at Exeter College. The finalists have been selected from eight semi-finalists in the Professional and Young Professional categories and ten in the Student/Apprentice Chef category.  The finalists will be cooking a … Continue reading News: Finalists announced for 2018 South West Chef of the Year

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

Dinner Party with a Private Chef and La Belle Assiette – by Lauren Heath

As you will have gathered, we’re very lucky and privileged to enjoy eating out around Devon, but we are also fairly good cooks at home. I’m not too precious about my kitchen though…. if someone wants to cook for me then go for it. I’ll eat it. Anything. (Well, except for olives and goats cheese; I can hear your shock but I’ve tried many a … Continue reading Dinner Party with a Private Chef and La Belle Assiette – by Lauren Heath

Devon Food Movement presents The Big Collaboration, a spectacular dining event not to be missed: 8th September 2018

All photos courtesy of Devon Food Movement Devon Food Movement is working in partnership with Ashridge Court to bring our first BIG COLLABORATION event to fruition. This collaboration is taking place on 8th September and will feature many local artisans and some of the South West’s best chefs (see lists below) The evening will start with a canape and drinks reception sponsored by the local … Continue reading Devon Food Movement presents The Big Collaboration, a spectacular dining event not to be missed: 8th September 2018

Introducing Alex Fletcher, The Seawood Hotel and Restaurant’s new Head Chef

Alex Fletcher (aka The Chunki Chef) is the new head chef at the Seawood Hotel and Restaurant with years of experience, working in top establishments. His last venture, he helped open a new bistro restaurant in Derbyshire with a farm to fork ethos and after 10 months of the doors opening they won the best restaurant and best newcomer of the year in Derbyshire. He has … Continue reading Introducing Alex Fletcher, The Seawood Hotel and Restaurant’s new Head Chef

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!

Devon Food Movement is popping up at The Lamb Inn, Longdown

Devon Food Movement is a collaborative pop-up restaurant concept set up by former Michelin star development chef Luke Fearon. Our company aim is to celebrate Devon’s unique and world class produce through a series of temporary dining experiences, where we link talented local chefs, producers and food heroes with restaurants, farms or unique locations in throughout Devon (and sometimes a little beyond). At all these … Continue reading Devon Food Movement is popping up at The Lamb Inn, Longdown

10 Questions for Mitch Tonks – Restaurateur, Chef and Author

The 19th December 2016 is a day I remember with great fondness – it was the beginning of my 2 week Christmas break from work, and the diary entry for the evening contained the ‘Rockfish Exmouth VIP Opening Night Party’. I had previously eaten at a few restaurant reincarnations within the building at the harbour end of Exmouth, but they weren’t doing it completely right, … Continue reading 10 Questions for Mitch Tonks – Restaurateur, Chef and Author

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

Paschoe House by Lauren Heath

There’s a new kid in town, well west of the city, and it’s called Paschoe House. Having been a family home for the Amadors since 2000, daughter Tabitha decided the buildings future was as a hotel and wedding venue and, along with her father, has worked very hard for around 5 years to get it to where it is today with a bigger push over … Continue reading Paschoe House by Lauren Heath

South West Chef of the Year announces 2017 finalists

This year’s South West Chef of the Year competition continues to pick up the pace with the announcement of its 2017 finalists following closely-contested semi-finals on Saturday. Now in its 14th year, South West Chef of the Year champions the very best of the region’s professional chefs and junior and home cooks as well as its exceptional produce for which the peninsular has gained a … Continue reading South West Chef of the Year announces 2017 finalists

Guest Chef Days Announced at Manna From Devon Cooking School

Manna from Devon Cooking School is delighted to announce the dates for the 2017 Guest Chef Classes: a series of celebrity chefs and foodie experts will be running classes at the school from March until September. These guest days only pop up once a month and usually book up pretty quickly, a true reflection on the talent and reputation of each chef. This year’s Guest … Continue reading Guest Chef Days Announced at Manna From Devon Cooking School

South West Chef Winners Announced Following Tense Final

Winners of this year’s South West Chef of the Year were announced last night at a glittering awards ceremony and dinner held at Exeter Golf & Country Club. The evening was hosted by competition co-founder Michael Caines MBE and his team of judges, each a top chef from the region, including Stephane Delourme of The Seafood Restaurant; Consultant Chef Peter Gorton; Matt Mason of Jack … Continue reading South West Chef Winners Announced Following Tense Final

New Features Inspire and Engage at Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink 2015

Friday 24th – Sunday 26th April Exeter Castle and Northernhay Gardens, Exeter The 2015 Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink, taking place at Exeter Castle and Northnernhay Gardens from 24th – 26th April is introducing brand new features for visitors in search of the ultimate foodie weekend. Each year, the Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink – Exeter’s only city based … Continue reading New Features Inspire and Engage at Exeter Festival of South West Food & Drink 2015

Johnny Does Dinner – The Polytunnel Dinner at Trill Farm, Axminster

You are unlikely to find many foodies who can say that they have a meal in a horticultural polytunnel and cooked for them by a chef, using ingredients from the very polytunnel being dined in. And to be honest, I never thought I would be able to say I am one of those lucky few. But last week Eating Exeter was lucky enough to be … Continue reading Johnny Does Dinner – The Polytunnel Dinner at Trill Farm, Axminster

South Sands Hotel’s Coastal Forage – Event Report

South Sands Hotel hosted a Costal Forage led by expert Devon Forager David Harrison and Michelin-starred Chef Simon Hulstone and a surprise bug cookery demo by Peter Gorton! Expert forager David Harrison led top chefs and catering students for South Devon College around the stunning South Sands cove, rocks and costal scrubland.  As the various edible plants and weeds were discovered, chef Simon Hulstone showed … Continue reading South Sands Hotel’s Coastal Forage – Event Report

Magdalen Chapter Launches Signature Sausage Supper

Eating Exeter has some exciting and tasty news! Food lovers are in for a real treat at The Magdalen Chapter in Exeter, which has teamed up with Devon’s leading sausage experts, Andrew James Butchery (was Turtons of Devon up to recently), to add a ‘Magdalen Boerwors’ to its bar menu. The South African-inspired sausage has been made using a bespoke recipe created for the boutique … Continue reading Magdalen Chapter Launches Signature Sausage Supper

Restaurant Guide – Southernhay House

http://www.southernhayhouse.com/ 01392 435324 @SouthernhayHome The beautiful Georgian quarter of Exeter’s Southernhay hides many hidden gems.  Including this one, Southernhay House.  Reviewed in the Telegraph, it got a fairly good review.  But all food critics are ultimately wrong until proven right, so ignore the star rating. This is a definite fine dining restaurant so be prepared to pay over £100 for two people if you have the whole nine … Continue reading Restaurant Guide – Southernhay House