• Congratulations Maia from King’s School!

    22nd October 2013 | News | Claire
  • Story here – http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.uk/Teenage-Devon-chef-given-award-Exeter-s-Michael/story-19969020-detail/story.html

    A 15-year-old Maia English from Ottery St Mary has won the Junior class of South West Chef of the Year awards.

    An exceptional standard of cooking was displayed by a number of budding young chefs at the finals at Ashburton Cookery School.

    The future stars of the catering industry, all aged between 11 and 16, had already won a semi-final in their own area of the South West.

    The hotly-contested final on Saturday to cook under the watchful eyes of top judges and well-known regional chefs Michael Caines, Darrin Hosegrove and Hywel Jones.

    After a very tough competition the title was finally awarded to Maia, a pupil at the King’s School, Ottery St Mary.

    She prepared an amazing dish of Caramelised Brixham scallops with celeriac purée and crispy pancetta.

    s part of the competition, each of the finalists had enjoyed the privilege of spending time in the kitchens of some of the region’s top chefs who acted as their mentors for the final, benefitting from a wealth of advice, guidance and invaluable experience.

    Maia was mentored by Matt Durrant, chef lecturer at Exeter College; Jamie Swan by Paul Ainsworth at his Michelin-starred restaurant, Number 6 in Padstow; Ellie spent time with Sam Moody at the Michelin-starred Bath Priory and Frank enjoyed his time with David Everitt-Matthias at his two Michelin-starred restaurant, Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham.

    Among other prizes, Maia will enjoy work experience with David Everitt-Matthias and will also receive a Thermomix food processor with a value of £885, a Robert Welch chef’s knife, an Oliver Harvey chefs jacket and a meal for two at Mark Hix Oyster and Fish House in Lyme Regis.

    The final of the South West’s Best Dish class for home cooks sponsored by Ashburton Cookery School was also held on Saturday. This class provides an opportunity for a growing number of home enthusiasts to demonstrate their skills for some of the South West’s top chefs.

    The winners of this and all other classes will be announced at the 10th anniversary presentation dinner sponsored and hosted by Exeter Golf and Country Club on Monday October 28, immediately following the finals of the two professional classes.

    The dinner will be prepared by three guest chefs, all previous winners of the competition: John Walton, head chef at Paul Ainsworth at Number 6, Padstow; Tom Scade, head chef at Tides Restaurant, Rock and Matt Downing, sous chef at Magdalen Chapter, Exeter.

    Tickets are available to anyone who wishes to come along and join our finalists and judges and can be purchased at £75 each from Taste of the West on 01404 822012.