Exmouth's Sue wins regional home cook of the year award

PUBLISHED: 10:00 31 October 2016

Pictured are (left to right): John Sheaves - Taste of the West, Andy Kemp - Bidvest Foodservice � lead sponsor of South West Chef of the Year, Sue Stoneman, Darrin Hosegrove � Ashburton Cookery School � sponsor and host of Home Cook category of South West Chef of the Year, Michael Caines MBE.

Pictured are (left to right): John Sheaves - Taste of the West, Andy Kemp - Bidvest Foodservice � lead sponsor of South West Chef of the Year, Sue Stoneman, Darrin Hosegrove � Ashburton Cookery School � sponsor and host of Home Cook category of South West Chef of the Year, Michael Caines MBE.

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An enthusiastic Exmouth cook surprised a multi-Michelin star chef with her skills as she scooped top awards at a regional cooking competition.

Sue's winning dessert, Sloe fall apple and berry meringue with vanilla cream.Sue's winning dessert, Sloe fall apple and berry meringue with vanilla cream.

Sue Stoneham, 51, of Ivydale, walked away with awards for South West Home Cook of the Year and for the Best Use of Regionally Sourced Produce at the South West Cook of the Year competition after judge and renowned chef Michael Caines MBE praised her food.

Sue served up pork tenderloin for her main course, followed by a sloe, fall apple and berry meringue for dessert.

She said: “Judge Michael Caines said he was ‘surprised’ that I managed to execute my two dishes as they were ‘both technical’ and I executed them ‘very well’.

“I am buzzing - winning it hasn’t sunk in yet.

Sue's winning dish, Stuffed pork tenderloin with chicken mousse and black pudding, braised autumn vegetables, sweet potato and a cider sauce.Sue's winning dish, Stuffed pork tenderloin with chicken mousse and black pudding, braised autumn vegetables, sweet potato and a cider sauce.

“I put a lot of hard work into the competition.

“I love cooking. I live in a nice area with a lot of local produce and I love using it in my cooking.”

Sue was presented with the prizes at an awards dinner at the Exeter Golf and Country Club.

She said: “Hopefully winning the competition will lead to a few more cooking demos for me, but I will just carry on doing what I love - cooking.”

A real ‘foodie’, Sue pens restaurant reviews for Crumbs magazine and also writes for the UK BBQ magazine (available online). She has also made a podcast for UK BBQ, with a video showing her making a breakfast pizza in one of the ovens where she works at Bigfire, Dartington. She also does food demonstrations for Bake It Big and Taste of Game, as well as at the Exmouth Mussel Festival.

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