Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2018: Chef of the Year

PUBLISHED: 11:12 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 13:28 19 October 2018

Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2018: Chef of the Year

Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2018: Chef of the Year


Somerset is home to some of the most celebrated chefs in the country. This award aims to recognise those who show an exceptional awareness of produce and have the knowledge and expertise to use their ingredients to create sensational, seasonal menus using local produce wherever possible

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.

These awards recognise our vital Somerset food and drink industry and give recognition to the producers, growers, suppliers and hospitality venues in our wonderful county.

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

The finalists:

Liam Finnegan at Castle Bow Restaurant, Taunton

Judges very much enjoyed the beautifully thought through menu that Liam has put together, which makes the most of local seasonal produce, adding an innovative touch. Every course was well presented, showing a real eye for detail. The judges noted that they enjoyed exceptional fare from a really talented chef. Liam has a confidence and talent which shines through in a fabulous setting and is a tremendous asset to Somerset and the wider South West.

Adam Fellows at Goodfellows, Wells

Goodfellows in Wells is where you will find head chef Adam Fellows. Judges commented that Adam has a stunning and varied menu, with a strong emphasis on fish. The menu offered a good use of local produce from the wider South West, mixed with some autumnal flavours. Judges said they experienced an enjoyable and flavoursome dinner, beautifully presented by a chef who really masters his kitchen and is confident with what he produces, especially when it comes to fish. Judges said Adam is an excellent chef and should be proud of his restaurant.

The winner:

Josh Eggleton at The Pony & Trap, Chew Magna

Josh can be found in Chew Manga at The Pony & Trap. Judges commented on the detailed and thought through menu, which shows great attention to detail and offers an exceptional mix of flavours and textures. Each course was beautifully presented showcasing Josh’s excellent cooking in a stylish and clever way. Judges were impressed with the amazing list of local suppliers on the menu, proving just how seriously he takes supporting local and how he converts this produce into amazing meals. It was thought that it was a truly wonderful dining experience showcasing exceptional food from a talented and confident chef.

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Click here to return to the list of this year’s winners.

Want to find out who won last year? Click here to see the winners of the Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2017.

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