It’s important you don’t get intimidated in competitions, but entrants into the 10th South West Chef of the Year competition would be allowed a whimper when they see the judging panel includes Michael Caines, Nathan Outlaw, James Tanner, Simon Hulstone, Mark Hix, Nathan Outlaw and more.
Entries are now open for the competition aimed at experienced pros, up and coming young chefs and amateur cooks.
A new class is being launched this year, the Junior Class, aimed at children aged 11 to 16.
From today’s WMN and something I think we would all agree with?:
Double Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park is now arguably the best restaurant in the country after landing yet another accolade.
Last week, the Devon establishment came first in The Sunday Times and Harden’s “Britain’s Top 100 Restaurants” after earning a rating of 9.86 out of 10.
Now, the Dartmoor eatery has been awarded Most Excellent Restaurant in the annual Condé Nast Johansens 2011 Awards for Excellence.
Executive chef Michael Caines MBE, who lost an arm in a car accident, has built up a solid reputation since joining the hotel in 1994 and still regularly cooks in the kitchen.
He said: “I can’t keep up with all this good news. What a fantastic award to win. Again, none of this would have happened without the hard work and loyalty of my team.
“My heartfelt thanks must go out to owners, Andrew and Christina Brownsword, head chef Ian Webber, general manager Sue Williams, resident manager Sue Kendall, restaurant manager Damien Bastiat and head sommelier Edouard Oger.”
The inspectors were particularly impressed with “The beautiful rooms, world-class cuisine and excellent service” at Gidleigh Park.
As well as winning Top Restaurant in the Sunday Times awards, the country house also came first in the Best Places to Stay and Best Wine Lists categories.
Mr Caines added: “Gidleigh Park has been my pride and joy ever since I was appointed chef in 1994. We’ve gone on to hold two Michelin stars for almost 12 years and my team has never taken its eye off the ball – these awards mean a great deal to us and we feel like Christmas has come early.”
Gidleigh park won praise for its “flawless cuisine,” and for being “luxurious and welcoming, a wonderful all-round experience in a gorgeous location”.
The privately owned Tudor-style country house hotel is situated on the banks of the North Teign River in a 107-acre estate of woodlands and secluded gardens surrounded by Dartmoor National Park.
An email hits my inbox informing me that a celeb type is heading for Cornwall and doing some cooking. Gratuitous excuse for a big picture…
Fresh for autumn 2010, Good Food’s flagship daily food show will be reinvented in an exciting new format – Market Kitchen: Big Adventure. The series, presented by Matt Tebbutt and Penny Smith, hit the road running last night (Monday 18th October) travelling across Britain’s culinary landscape to search out and celebrate the very best of British produce and ingredients. Each week expert chef Matt Tebbutt will travel through a different part of the country in the company of a great chef that either has a connection to that week’s region, loves its food, or is simply keen to discover its gastronomic delights.
In order to create a buzz around each week’s regional shows Market Kitchen: Big Adventure will be running a series of cookery roadshows in different regions. On Saturday 30th October (9am – 2pm) in Truro Farmers Market, Lemon Quay, chef, Michael Caines, will be running tasty cookery demos, there will also be opportunities to taste and buy local food produce from some of Cornwall’s great food producers.
The Cornwall week of episodes air weeknights at 7pm w/c Monday 1st November on Good Food. Guest chef Tom Kerridge will be cooking up a Cornwall storm with Matt and Penny in the studio, celebrity guests include singer Sharron Corr, actress Emilia Fox and presenter Dawn Porter to name a few.
A gentleman amateur food and drink lover celebrating the best the South West of England has to offer.