South West Chef of the Year Winners Announced
The 2013 winners of the South West Chef of the Year competition were announced at the 10th anniversary presentation dinner hosted and sponsored by Exeter Golf and Country Club.
Nathan Cornwell from Lucknam Park, Bath, was crowned overall South West Chef of the Year 2013 after impressing judges with his roast loin of venison, squash purée, Savoy greens, red wine shallots, blackberries and girolles, followed by milk chocolate panna cotta, poached pears, chocolate powder and caramelised walnuts.
Andy Chan from Thornbury Castle, Bristol, won the Professional Class title with his pan-fried Sea Bass, sautée girolles, roasted celeriac and vanilla velouté, followed by dark chocolate millefeuille, raspberries, hazelnuts and honeycomb.
The Junior class for aspiring young chefs aged 11-16 was won by Maia English of The King’s School, Ottery St Mary, Devon who prepared caramelized Brixham scallops with celeriac purée and crispy pancetta; and the winner of the South West’s Best Dish class for home cooks was Steve Ashworth of Taunton, Somerset, who cooked chicken and potato pie with kale, cider braised carrots and beetroot.
The evening dinner was prepared by three eminent guest chefs all previous winners of the competition: Matthew Downing (sous chef at Magdalen Chapter, Exeter), Tom Scade (head chef at Tides Restaurant, Rock) and John Walton (head chef at Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth at Number 6, Padstow).
South West Chef of the Year is renowned for recognising the skill and dedication of professional chefs, up and coming young chefs and amateur cooks.
“We were so impressed with the creativity exhibited by entrants this year in putting together their menus and recipes,” commented Michael Caines MBE, one of the judges. “Entrants put a great deal of thought into their dishes, demonstrating their skill and dedication to creating interesting and balanced menus based on the wonderful array of produce available to them here in the South West. We look forward to see what next year brings!”
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