Award would be ‘icing on the cake’ for Sue

PUBLISHED: 12:13 31 August 2016 | UPDATED: 12:13 31 August 2016

Sue Stoneman is a finalist for the South West Chef of the year award.

Sue Stoneman is a finalist for the South West Chef of the year award.


Winning a regional industry award would be the ‘icing on the cake’ for keen cook Sue Stoneham.

Enthusiastic chef Sue Stoneham, 51, of Ivydale, Exmouth, is up against four other cooks for the South West Chef of the year award.

Sue, who has been cooking for 10 years, was picked as a finalist after creating a pork tenderloin dish with glazed vegetables in Devon cider and a meringue with caramelised apples and autumn berries.

She said she was pleased to have another chance of winning the award after coming close last year.

She said: “It was a very pleasant surprise. I was a runner-up in the competition last year so I now have a second bite at the cherry.

“It would be the icing on the cake to win it.”

Sue, whose signature dish is a mango and passion fruit roulade, was convinced to aim for the top after being a finalist in Devon Life’s home cook of the year competition three years ago.

She said: “You have to challenge yourself in life and it will just be a good recognition for my cooking skills.”

Her husband Andrew was highly complimentary of his wife’s cooking.

He said: “It is always very tasty and it is always on the table looking hot and amazing.”

Jack Sharland, a Commis Chef at the Salutation Inn, Topsham, is a semi-finalist in the young professional category in the same competition.

The winners will be decided on Saturday, October 15, at Ashburton Cookery School.

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