Ben is crowned
South West Chef of the Year
Our 18 year old, trainee Chef, Ben Champkin has been crowned overall South West Chef of the Year! Ben won his category, Young Professional on Thursday 5th August, at Ashburton Cookery School, Exeter and then went on to be awarded the coveted title of South West Chef of the Year, chosen by Michael Caines MBE.
Ben prepared a starter of seared line-caught bass, crab fritter, gooseberries, rainbow baby chard and red sorrel and a main of, roasted Duroc pork loin, slow-cooked belly, crisp crackling, Burrow Hill cider syrup and summer vegetables. Ben not only pipped chefs of his own age to the post, but also those in the Professional Class, all of which were aged 23 and above.
Ben has only been training with our Head Chef, Brett for a short time but he has already learnt so much, not just about preparation but about the importance of sourcing the very best local ingredients to create menus.
Ben used Burrow Hill Cider from Martock, Somerset, Longman’s butter from North Cadbury, Somerset, carrots and chard from our veg growers Ted and Jane Harris from Longburton just outside Sherborne and purple sage and broad beans grown in our own walled garden at The Eastbury.
At The Eastbury Brett and the team combine traditional British cooking with innovative twists, and Brett has taught the team that the recipes are brought to life by using the very best local ingredients, whether they are sourced from local farmers, grown in The Eastbury’s walled garden, or foraged from the nearest country hedgerow!