Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards 2019: Chef of the Year
PUBLISHED: 07:24 18 October 2019 | UPDATED: 07:24 18 October 2019
This award for 'Chef of the Year' 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 is 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 he good and the great from the region's food & drink industry including local producers & suppliers, small farming businesses, chefs, restaurants, pubs and hoteliers, and people who care about the countryside and the future of our local environment.
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.
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 COOK Taunton.
This year's finalists:
John Bradley from The Coleridge Restaurant at the Dunkery Beacon Country Hotel, Wootton Courtenay
Nestled in the rugged beauty of Exmoor's National Park, John and Jane run their luxury country house and fine dining restaurant. Head Chef John has more than 25 years' experience in catering, notching up numerous top chef roles in this country and overseas. He is focused on an intimate, friendly and relaxed dining experience with a seasonally changing menu and locally-sourced produce.
Justin Reeves from Reeves Restaurant in Dunster
Located in Dunster, Justin and Claire Reeves have run their restaurant since 2005. Justin has many years of cooking experience, starting in the early eighties at La Sorbonne in Oxford under master chef Andre Chavagnon.
And the winner is…
Steve James of Steve James Ltd from Yeovil
As a mobile chef, Steve James covers Somerset, Dorset and East Devon, and he and his team deliver a bespoke menu for you whether it's for an event, special occasion or just to dine in the comfort of your own home. A passion for exciting flavour combinations, presentations and textures is clearly delivered.
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