Exmouth cook retains her regional crown

PUBLISHED: 11:44 31 October 2017 | UPDATED: 11:48 31 October 2017

pictured left to right: John Sheaves (Taste of the West), Andy Kemp (Bidfood), Sue Stoneman, Darrin Hosegrove (Ashburton Cookery School), Michael Caines MBE

pictured left to right: John Sheaves (Taste of the West), Andy Kemp (Bidfood), Sue Stoneman, Darrin Hosegrove (Ashburton Cookery School), Michael Caines MBE

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Sue Stoneman has been named South West home cook of the year for the second year running

Sue StonemanSue Stoneman

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.

Exmouth cook Sue Stoneman during the finals of the Chef of the Year contestExmouth cook Sue Stoneman during the finals of the Chef of the Year contest

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.”

Pan fried Sea Bass with celeriac pur�e, seasonal vegetables and a sparkling wine and vanilla saucePan fried Sea Bass with celeriac pur�e, seasonal vegetables and a sparkling wine and vanilla sauce

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.

Boozy berry Black Forest G�teauBoozy berry Black Forest G�teau

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.”

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