South West Chef of the Year

Join us for an exceptional meal to celebrate the outstanding culinary talent of the South West and the finest regional produce.

We are delighted to welcome three top chefs who will prepare a wonderful dinner at Exeter Golf and Country Club on Monday 24th October 2016.

Come along and join the finalists and judges for this amazing meal at our prestigious awards presentation evening, as we announce the winners of South West Chef of the Year 2016

Tickets are now available (see below) and open to all for a rare opportunity to enjoy a memorable meal prepared by three top chefs:

Drinks Reception

Paired with Rose ‘Brust de Noir’ Cleto Chiarli NV

 Starter – Hywel Jones

Judge of South West Chef of the Year and Michelin-starred Executive Chef at Lucknam Park, Bath

Dressed crab, violet artichokes, Exmoor caviar , yuzu purée

Paired with Ailala Treixadura 2015

Main – Jamie Rogers

South West Chef of the Year 2015 and Head Chef at the Belgrave Sands Hotel, Torquay (opening in October 2016)

Beef fillet with crispy short rib, bone marrow crumble, carrot purée and veal jus

Paired with Lourens River Valley Red, Morgenster 2001

Dessert – Scott Paton

South West Young Professional Chef of the Year 2009 and Head Chef at Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plymouth

Raspberry mousse with raspberry sorbet and pistachio

Paired with The Noble Wrinkled Riesling, d’Arenberg 2015


Wines will be perfectly paired with each course

Tickets include a drinks reception with canapés, an exciting three-course meal, coffee and petits fours and wines with each course.

A vegetarian option for the starter and main course is available and all dietary requirements can be catered for.


Many thanks to the following suppliers:

The crab will be supplied by Kingfisher Brixham. the beef fillet, short rib and bone marrow by M C Kelly, fresh produce by Total Produce and other ingredients by Ritter Courivaud.

All wines will be supplied by Enotria and Coe

The evening is sponsored by Exeter Golf and Country Club and will take place immediately following the finals of our Professional, Young Professional and Student Chef classes earlier the same day at Exeter College.

The evening will begin with a drinks reception and canapés at 6.45pm.

MC AcademyOur chefs will be assisted in the kitchen and front-of-house by students of the Michael Caines Academy and staff at the Exeter Golf and Country Club

Dinner will be followed by the presentation of the South West Chef of the Year awards 2016

We would like to thank the following supporters of our awards evening:

All wines will be paired with each course and supplied by:

Enotria & Coe

Ingredients will be supplied by:

Kingfisher Brixham

Kingfisher Brixham

MC Kelly

 M C Kelly


Ritter Courivaud

Ritter Courivaud Ltd.

Total Produce

Total Produce

Photography will be supplied by:

Steve Haywood Photography


Tickets are £80 per person (including VAT).

Seating is in tables of 10.

Dress code: lounge suit

Click here to buy tickets. 

Tickets can be purchased using the secure PayPal system (you do not need to have a PayPal account).  Click the ‘Buy Now’ button below.  If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please call 01626 334841 or email: to reserve your tickets and make arrangements for payment.

Please make sure you include details of any dietary requirements when purchasing your tickets (you can do this on the order form by clicking the ‘add’ button that appears below your delivery address).  We will also need the names of all ticket holders for the seating plan and would be grateful if you could provide this information too please.


First golf club for Defence Employer Award

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Devon presented an award to Exeter Golf and Country Club for their support of the Reserve Forces at the annual Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards for the County of Devon. The awards celebrate the professional and personal achievements of dedicated members of the community who work or volunteer within the Reserve Forces and the Cadet Movement.

Exeter Golf and Country Club is the first golf club in the UK to receive the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award.  Recognised for their notable support for people from the wider Defence community, Exeter Golf and Country Club was one of six Devon based companies presented with the award.

The Silver Award recognises employers who actively demonstrate support by employing or providing workplace experience for the Armed Forces Community of Reservists, Cadets, Forces Adult Volunteers, Service Leavers or military spouses. Businesses are nominated for the annual awards by a third-party and invited to the presentation evening, which this year was at Dartington Hall.

Exeter Golf and Country Club have been active supporters of the armed forces since 2012, when their Gym Manager, Lee Cooke became a Reservist for the RAF. Lee’s obligations included monthly training days and additional time off for training exercises. The club provided Lee with extra annual leave to accommodate this. In 2014, Lee was called up for a tour of duty in Afghanistan. This meant six months away from work. Exeter Golf and Country Club enabled this by reinforcing the gym team, employing another member of staff to cover his absence.

On his return, Lee required a period of reintegration to re-establish the management of his team and adjust to civilian life again. General Manager, Chris Jones visited RAF Brize Norton for a familiarisation visit for employers to gain deeper understanding of their Reservist employees and their forces responsibilities.

After some time, the club invited Lee to present to their members with a slot at their regular ‘Teatime Talk’ events. The evening was a sell-out and the talk lasted twice the length as usual at the request of the members attending. At the talk, Lee explained his experience of being a Reservist and described his time in Afghanistan with stories and memorabilia.

Chris Jones, General Manager of Exeter Golf and Country Club said, “Collecting the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award was one of the proudest moments of my employment at Exeter Golf and Country Club. It was an honour to meet Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant and many dignitaries from across the county including the Lord Mayor of Exeter and the Chairman of Devon County Council. Support for our team members is at the heart of our employment ethos at Exeter Golf and Country Club and so we did everything we could to enable Lee to fulfil his responsibilities as a RAF Reservist. The fact that his actions as a Reservist supports the British Armed Forces makes this especially important to us.”

Having signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2015, the club demonstrated their ongoing commitment and are seeking ways to develop this further.

Jon Beake, Senior Employer Engagement Director of Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association said, “Exeter Golf and Country Club were selected for the Silver Award for their extensive commitment to their Reservist employee.  The Reservist, badged to 4624 Squadron of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force, was supported by the Club through training and mobilisation for Operation Herrick.  Through an additional leave allowance and other benefits, they allowed their Reservist employee to progress in the Reserves knowing that he had the full backing of his employers, enabling him to achieve the greatest outcomes from his service.  Alongside a wide range of pledges made in their Covenant to the Armed Forces community, Exeter Golf and Country Club has also promoted the merits of Reservist service to their members, organising events at which their Reservist employee has taught others about the value of his career and his experience.”

Exeter Golf and Country Club have pledged support to the Armed Forces in other ways as well, such as talks with ex-Marine Commando Paul Vice and their forthcoming event, ‘An Evening with Simon Weston’.  Their Club Presidents have also selected linked charities for their annual fundraising, with next year’s being The Royal Marines Charity.

Chris Jones continued, “There are many reasons why the club is an advocate of employing members of the wider Armed Forces. Transferable skills, demonstrable commitment to the community and individual personal development are just three reasons why the effort is worthwhile for employers. We take great pride in encouraging our staff to find fulfilment both in and out of work and highly recommend other companies explore how working with Reservists, Cadets and others linked to the Armed Forces can prove beneficial. We are always happy to discuss our experience with any businesses considering an involvement.”

Companies who want to get involved should contact Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association: