Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2016: Best Chef of the Year

PUBLISHED: 11:52 16 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:52 16 September 2016

Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2016: Best Chef of the Year

Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2016: Best Chef of the Year


We were looking for a chef who makes expert use of Somerset’s best produce, combining their own skills and creativity to create menus that are as inviting as they are innovative.

The Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards are one of the biggest events in the local calendar and it is hugely anticipated by the region’s food and drink industry all year round.

We champion the best local producers, suppliers and businesses that are passionate about Somerset and the future of our local environment.

Thanks to both the nominations of the public and our well-respected judges, we have picked a winner worthy of the ‘Best Chef of the Year’.

This year’s finalists

Barrie Tucker at Psalter’s Restaurant at The Luttrell Arms Hotel, Dunster

From his base at The Luttrell Arms Hotel in Dunster, Barrie is putting an imaginative twist on classic dishes and creating a menu which has had our readers travelling from across the county to sample.

Mike McKenzie at The White Horse Inn, Mark

With over 20 years of experience and a Master of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Mike McKenzie has created a menu that is modern, varied and bursting with flavour. Using good quality, local ingredients, the food is hearty and honest- and loved by our readers.

And the winner is…

Justin Reeves

Justin has more than 2 decades of cooking experience, including working at La Sorbonne in Oxford under master chef Andre Chavagnon. He opened Reeves Restaurant in Dunster with his wife in 2005 where he says he gets a big kick from using the fresh, local ingredients on his doorstep.

The Best Chef of the Year is sponsored by Thatchers Cider

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