South West chef of the year finalists gearing up for awards
PUBLISHED: 09:37 17 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:02 17 October 2016
Finalists in the South West Chef of the Year are gearing up for the grand final next Monday (October 24).
The region’s 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 semi-finals earlier this month 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.
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.”
Sue Stoneman, of Exmouth, is also a finalist in the home cook category and Shaun Cassidy, of Jack in the Green, Rockbeare, is a finalist in the proffesional category.
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.
The awards, held at Exeter College, will be followed by a dinner 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.