Exeter Cookery School crowned best training school in devon
We are delighted to announce that Exeter Cookery School, owned and managed by husband and wife team, Jim and Lucy Fisher, was crowned ‘Best Training School’ in the Food Drink Devon Awards 2019.
Hosted for the first time by Devon food and drink champion, Kerry White of BBC Radio Devon, Devon’s finest food and drink producers, hospitality and catering businesses and speciality retailers, celebrated in style at the magnificent 19th century Victorian hotel, The Imperial in Torquay.
Jim Fisher spoke of his joy at winning the award: “This is truly special for us. We have been a member of Food Drink Devon since launching our new culinary venture on Exeter’s historic quayside and recognise the value of this magnificent endorsement. This is testament to the hard work of our entire team, from our KPs and tutors, to our office team making sure everything runs smoothly for our customers.”
In other award categories, competition was fierce in the ‘Taste of Devon Product Awards’, with a staggering 250 product entries. The highly prestigious ‘Best Producer’ accolade went to Eversfield Organic, with judges praising the quality of their Organic Beef Rump Steak, stating: ‘there was no room for improvement’. Salcombe Distilling Company also triumphed, winning the title of ‘Best Brand’. Judges were particularly impressed with the company’s strong branding and engaging website which they classed as ‘excellent’.
From the 250 product entries, all of which are blind-tasted by independent judges, five really impressed and achieved a faultless score of 100% and a ‘Platinum Award’. Deserving producers and their products included Eversfield Organic’s Organic Beef Rump Steak, Granny Gothards’ Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream, Ruth’s Real Food’s Devon Braised Beef, Stokeley Butchers’ Faggots and Tideford Organics’ Lentil & Spinach Dhal Soup.
Barbara King, chair of Food Drink Devon, commented: “Each year we’re increasingly impressed with the quality of entries. This year was certainly no exception, a fantastic reflection of the excellence of what Devon’s inspiring food and drink producers and dedicated hospitality and retail establishments offer. We’re proud to celebrate our Awards’ ninth anniversary this year, to receive over 250 product entries and over 95 entries into our ‘Retail’ and ‘Hospitality’ Awards demonstrates the amazing innovation, vitality and strength in our food and drink industry.”
Barbara added: “We’re exceptionally proud of our Awards and the opportunity they provide to acknowledge and celebrate Devon’s finest. I would like to congratulate all those who won and were shortlisted, our sponsors and those who make our fabulous Awards possible.”
This year’s highly prestigious ‘Best Fine Dining Restaurant’ Award was presented jointly to two establishments, for the first time in the Awards’ history. Judges simply couldn’t separate The Angel in Dartmouth and The Coach House by Michael Caines in Kentisbury. Commenting on The Angel judges said ‘excellent all round - I can't see why anyone wouldn't love this place’, high praise received for The Coach House by Michael Caines included ‘a very high quality, well run restaurant located at a beautiful hotel’.
Celebrating the best of fine dining, other formal dining awards went to the exceptional The NoBody Inn, Doddiscombsleigh who won the highly sought after ‘Best Restaurant’ Award, with striking Orestone Manor, Maidencombe victorious in the ‘Best Hotel Restaurant’ category. The Bear & Blacksmith, Kingsbridge were the proud winner of the ‘Best Pub’ category with judges commending them for growing a lot of the produce they use themselves, on their own farm.
In the casual dining section of the ‘Hospitality Awards’ ‘Best Bar’ went to The Cove Cafe Bar in beautiful Hope Cove with the ‘Best Café’ title awarded to Bayards Cove Inn, Dartmouth. Tambapanni in Barnstaple claimed the ‘Best Street Food’ Award with judges praising their certified plastic free status and ‘fantastic, authentic food’.
In the ‘Retail Awards’ the ‘Best Retailer’ title went to the magnificent Ashburton Delicatessen, who has previously won the accolade twice in the Awards’ history. ‘Best Online Retailer’ went to Eversfield Organic, rounding off a fantastic night for the Bratton Clovelly-based family owned business, and Crediton Farmers’ Market were named ‘Best Farmers Market’.
Food Drink Devon offered a special thank you to sponsors of the awards: Peplows Chartered Accountants, Stephens Scown, Black and White Asset Finance, WestCountry, The Source trade show, Taste Buds, Hedgerow Print and inkREADible.
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