South West Chef of the Year Competition 2014

South West Chef of the Year Competition 2014

by Sarah King

South West Chef of the Year Competition 2014.

South West Chef of the Year 2014 LogoOrcinus Recruit - Proud sponsors of 'Best Dish' category

Orcinus have been supporters of the South West Chef of the Year since we 2011, we help spread the word of this great competition, which encourages Chefs of all genres to get excited about local produce and show case their skills publically to many big names in the industry.

This year, we are so excited to announce we have been invited to become proud sponsors of the competition and will be supporting the award of ‘Best Dish’.

Keep an eye out on the website for updates of the competition and don’t forget to get involved.  Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require further details or would like/know someone who should enter the competition.

GOOD LUCK!!!! We hope to see you in October at the awards ceremony!

Nathan’s winning dish launches South West Chef of the Year 2014!

SWC Venison Launch DishSouth West Chef of the Year 2014 was launched in style at the Source Taste of the West Food and Drink Trade Show at Westpoint, Exeter on 5th February when Nathan Cornwell, demonstrated two of his winning dishes to visitors to the show.

Nathan Cornwell from Lucknam Park, Bath, was crowned the prestigious title of overall South West Chef of the Year 2013 after also winning the Young Professional Class.

Nathan presented a beautiful plate of roast loin of venison, squash purée, Savoy greens, red wine shallots and cherries, that replicated the delicious dish created by Nathan in the final of the competition in 2013, when he and his fellow finalists were presented with a mystery box of ingredients just 30 minutes before the competition began!

Nathan was joined by the 2013 winner of the South West’s Best Dish class, for home cooks, Steve Ashworth, who presented Nathan’s demonstration and provided details of the 2014 competition to visitors.

Nathan, who is chef de partie at the Michelin-starred Lucknam Park, also re-created one of two dishes that saw him safely through to the finals of the competition, pan-fried Hake, Scallop and fennel mousse, mussels and a mussel nage under the watchful eye of Executive Chef at Lucknam Park, Hywel Jones, who accompanied him to the show.

South West Chef of the Year 2014 is once again open to professional and amateur chefs alike, offering two classes for professional chefs (senior and junior), one class for junior chefs (under 16 years of age) and another class for home cooks, for which keen amateur chefs are asked to enter a favourite main course dish.

A highly-respected panel of judges, made up of some of the South West’s finest chefs, will once again be searching for talented and creative chefs and home cooks and waiting to bestow the prestigious title of “South West Chef of the Year 2014” on a dedicated and deserving candidate.

The judges are:

  • Michael Caines MBE  -  ABode Hotels and Gidleigh Park
  • Paul Ainsworth  -  Number 6 and Rojano’s in the Square, Padstow
  • Peter Gorton  -  Gorton’s, Tavistock
  • Neil Haydock  -  Watergate Bay Hotel, Newquay
  • Mark Hix  -  Hix Restaurants, Lyme Regis and London
  • Darrin Hosegrove  -  Ashburton Cookery School
  • Simon Hulstone  -  The Elephant Restaurant, Torquay
  • Hywel Jones  -  Lucknam Park, Bath
  • Matt Mason  -  The Jack in the Green, Rockbeare
  • Nathan Outlaw  -  Restaurant Nathan Outlaw and Seafood & Grill
  • Rob Rees MBE  -  The Cotswold Chef
  • Chris Tanner  -  Tanners Restaurant and Barbican Brasserie
  • James Tanner  -  Tanners Restaurant and Barbican Brasserie

The finals of the competition will be held in October 2014; the Junior and South West’s Best Dish finals on 4th at Ashburton Cookery School and the Professional finals on 27th at Exeter College. The competition will culminate in a glittering awards presentation dinner on the evening of 27th October at Exeter Golf and Country Club when all winners will be announced.

The South West Chef of the Year competition is staged by Michael Caines MBE and Taste of the West.  Anyone interested in more details of this year’s competition should visit: