With only two weeks to go until the show, we’re delighted to unveil the stars you can see in the In-toto Demo Kitchen! We’ve got some great professional chefs for you to meet – from Taste of the West award winners, MasterChef: The Professionals finalists, to the South West Chef of the Year 2014, who’s also South West Young Professional Chef!
With ten different demonstrations over the two days of the show there’s bound to be something to whet your appetite. Why not take the weight off your feet, and be inspired by the experts at the same time?
Elly Wentworth, Chef de Partie at The Manor House Hotel.
Elly was named the overall South West Chef of the Year 2014, sponsored by the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink, after also taking the title of South West Young Professional Chef, sponsored by Michael Caines Ltd. She will be joined by Alex Brownrigg, a Young Professional finalist in South West Chef 2014 and demi chef de partie at the Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe.
Brett Sutton, Chef Proprietor of The White Post.
The White Post in Rimpton is the only pub in the UK that straddles two county borders and won a Taste of the West Gold Award in 2014. This award winning restaurant has far reaching views across the beautiful Dorset and Somerset countryside, from where they source their ingredients. They also offer fantastic accommodation in their three en-suite rooms.
Ian Webber, Head Chef at The Five Bells Inn.
Previously Head Chef at the two Michelin starred Gidleigh Park at Chagford for 6 years and a former winner of Taste of the West’s ‘South West Chef of the Year’ competition in 2006, he was also Executive Head Chef of Abode Exeter for a year before joining the Five Bells Inn at Clyst Hydon in November 2013. Delicious, simple, seasonal dishes and pub favourites with a stylish twist at the Sister Pub to the Jack in the Green
Ben Palmer, Chef Proprietor at The Greedy Goose.
Former Barbican Kitchen head chef Ben Palmer took over the Tanner brothers’ former restaurant and relaunched it as The Greedy Goose in late 2014. It is in Prysten House, the oldest building in Plymouth. Ben brings years of experience and awards to his kitchen and he was a quarter finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals in 2011.
Bruce Cole, Head Chef at the River Cottage Canteen.
The River Cottage Canteen and Deli opened its doors in Plymouth’s Royal William Yard in 2011. The restaurant and deli features a triple-height ceiling, and has a large outdoor terrace, affording spectacular views of the River Tamar, looking towards the Sound and across to Cornwall.
Richard Hunt of The Devon Scone Company.
Following more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, Devon Scone Company’s Richard Hunt – a well-known face on the Devon food festival trail – has launched a new professional hospitality consultancy service aimed at sharing his expertise and knowledge with fledgling and experienced chefs or restaurant owners.
Collin D Pereira – Lavani Indian Restaurant.
The “Top Hat” fun chef is the owner and Chef de Cuisine of Lavani in Wellswood, Torquay. A speciality Indian family-run restaurant with an accent on regional Indian cuisine and Anglo-Indian cuisine of the British Raj for the global palace. Lavani is a Taste of the West Gold Award winning restaurant, & currently Devon’s best Trip Advisor rated restaurant.
Alongside these well-known professional chefs, the students from Exeter College will be showing off their skills. There’s going to be a real variety of dishes, tastes and flavours to see, smell, and hopefully taste. We can’t wait!