Exmouth's Sue hoping for repeat performance at regional chef awards
PUBLISHED: 12:00 06 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:01 09 October 2017
Sue Stoneman is hoping to be named home cook of the year at the South West Chef of the Year awards being held in Ashburton later this month
An Exmouth cook has revealed ‘the pressure is on’ to replicate her regional awards success from last year.
Brixington’s Sue Stoneman has again been nominated in the home cook of the year category at the South West Chef of the Year competition.
Last year she came away with the top prize in the category and is aware she faces stiff competition to repeat the feat.
“The pressure is on this time, said Sue, 52.
“I am in practice mode at the moment. I would like to win again and I will give it my best shot.”
Last year, she also walked away with an award for best use of local produce and is hopeful of doing so again.
Sue, of Ivydale, will be up against four other cooks from the region, including Devon Life’s home cook 2016 Emy Mordue, when she appears at the finals at Ashburton Cookery School, on Saturday, October 14.
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.
She chose to create a seafood dish for mains followed by a ‘boozy fruity’ black forest gateau.
When it comes to the final on October 14, Sue will have to recreate these dishes in the two-hour time slot.
The annual chef competition, now in it’s 14th year, will be judged by a panel including Michael Caines MBE, of Lympstone Manor, which opened earlier this year.
He said: “South West Chef of the Year is hotly contested and I and my fellow judges are always impressed with the skill and flair demonstrated by those who enter.
“The competition aims to be nurturing and supportive whilst challenging chefs to grow and learn from each round.
“I can’t wait for the finals and to taste what I know will be some fantastic food from the South West’s next generation of culinary talent.”
The awards presentation evening will take place on Wednesday, October 25.