Championing the region’s professional chefs, home cooks and future talent, the South West Chef of the Year competition returns for 2019
Launched in 2004 to celebrate regional creativity and passion, South West Chef of the Year is not only dedicated to shouting about local culinary talent but also the abundance of incredible producers and seasonal ingredients in this beautiful corner of the British Isles.
Under the watchful eye of lead judge Michael Caines MBE, competitors demonstrate their kitchen skills in a series of cook-offs to be crowned winner in one of five categories: Professional Chef, Young Professional Chef, Student/Apprentice Chef, Home Cook or Junior Chef. Contestants can also scoop prizes for personal achievements including Best Dish, Best Showcase of Regional Ingredients and the prestigious overall award of South West Chef of the Year 2019.
For younger cooks, the competition provides the once-in-a-lifetime experience of working in a real professional kitchen with one-to-one mentorship from one of the judges. Continuing the region’s reputation for outstanding cuisine is high on the agenda for the passionate team behind the not-for-profit competition, and the Junior Chef prize is a great opportunity to inspire the next generation of culinary talent.
Entries for the Home Cook and Professional Chef competitions close on August 14. The winners will be announced at a glitzy ceremony at Exeter Golf and Country Club on October 22, where the industry’s movers and shakers will come together to celebrate the exciting future of the South West dining scene.
Scratching your head over what you can do about plastic-packed oceans? Not sure how to eat, shop and cook in a way that won't damage the environment? Want to support your local producers but stuck in a supermarket rut?
Abi Manning left the wellies at home as she hit Exmoor's The Coach House by Michael Caines for a feast of fine dining