Exmouth cook retains her regional crown
PUBLISHED: 11:44 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:48 31 October 2017
Sue Stoneman has been named South West home cook of the year for the second year running
An award-winning Exmouth cook has again been recognised for her skills retaining the title she gained 12 months ago.
Sue Stoneman was one of a number of cooks hoping to win in their category at the South West Chef of the Year finals.
The judging panel, which included Michael Caines of Lympstone Manor, picked Sue as the best in the home cook category.
In picking up the award, Sue has become the first person to win the regional title twice.
She said: “I was trying to regain my title from last year and the pressure was on.
“I managed to cook my dishes in time. I thought they looked good.
“You’re never sure how critical the judges are because they look at how you work and what you have done with the food and how serve it but they both said my dishes were the outstanding winners.
“I wouldn’t have minded if I didn’t win but I was pleasantly surprised to win again.”
To qualify for the final, she had to submit a recipe and photos of the dishes based around select ingredients.
Sue was given a choice of either lamb or sea bass to create a main dish from.
For the dessert Sue had to choose from autumn berries, apples pears or quinces.
At the finals, she created a sea food dish for mains followed by a ‘boozy fruity’ black forest gateau for dessert.
Sue is hoping that she might be approached to become a part of the judging panel next year.
She added: “I don’t want to do it again – I’m the first one to win it twice and I need to make way for other home cooks to give it a go.
“It does push you very hard but it’s a very good competition to be involved with.
It’s a very prestigious award that I worked very hard for.”
Michael Caines said: “I was delighted to taste menus from new and upcoming chefs and home cooks as part of the competition and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our winners, finalists, semi-finalists and competition entrants.”