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Could you be our 2017 Devon Home Cook?

PUBLISHED: 12:12 24 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:12 24 April 2017

Devon Home Cook finalists Emy Mordue, Chris Davis and Karen Walker with Mike Richards from Bradburys Kitchens

Devon Home Cook finalists Emy Mordue, Chris Davis and Karen Walker with Mike Richards from Bradburys Kitchens

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A KitchenAid and a chance to cook with a Michelin-starred chef are among the great prizes in our Devon Home Cook competition, in association with Bradburys kitchens.

Now in its fourth year, the Devon Home Cook competition is run by Devon Life with Bradburys kitchens showroom in Exeter.

As well as testing the cooking skills of the contestants, the competition is a celebration of the rich and diverse range of produce and ingredients which come from the county. If you love to cook for family and friends and enjoy creating imaginative and tempting dishes using local ingredients, then this competition is for you.

Devon is rich in produce, from Red Ruby beef to Clovelly herrings and vintage cheeses. There’s plentiful amounts of seasonal vegetables which suit Devon soils and a diverse landscape, from garden to moorland and coast, which provides a wide variety of choice for gardeners and foragers. It’s also home to a huge number of food and drink producers, from chocolate to charcuterie and wine – all ingredients that could feature in the menu of the Devon Home Cook 2017 champion.

How to enter:

We’d like you to come up with a three course menu for a meal you’d serve to friends visiting Devon for the first time. But remember, it needs to be seasonal, to fit with the October competition date.

The judges will be looking for a knowledge of local ingredients and how well you cook them. They want to see culinary skill, a spark of originality and a love of good food.

Along with your menu we’d also like you to tell us, in around 100 words, a little about what influences you as a cook and why you have put together this menu.

E-mail your three course menu, along with 100 word description to: competitions@devonlife.co.uk typing Devon Home Cook 2017 in the subject header. Or send them by post to Alexandra Hurley, Editorial Assistant, Devon Life, Fair Oak Close, Exeter Airport Business Park, Clyst Honiton, EX5 2UL. Please include your name, address and daytime telephone number.

The rules:

You must live or have a home in Devon; be over the age of 18 and must not have cooked or taught cooking professionally or have any professional qualifications.

Closing Date:

The closing date for entries is 31 May, after which the judges will select six finalists based on the three course menus and choice of ingredients they have submitted.

The final:

The six finalists will compete in a Masterchef-style ‘cook-off’ on Sunday, 8 October at Bradburys kitchens showroom in Exeter. They will have 1 hour 45 minutes to cook two of their menu dishes (one has to be the main dish). The results are kept a secret until the night of the Devon Life Food and Drink Awards on 2 November, to which all six finalists, and their plus ones, are invited.

The prizes:

1st: The winner will get to spend time in the kitchen with Anton Piotrowski, as well as be invited to Gidleigh Park for a bespoke lunch for them and three guests where chefs will talk through the dishes. They’ll even get to go behind the scenes with a tour of the kitchen. They will also be presented with a KitchenAid mixer worth £500.

2nd: An exclusive private dining experience where a Miele chef will cook a meal for you and up to seven friends.

3rd: A private masterclass with patisserie supremo Sylvain Peltier, development pastry chef for Michael Caines for many years, private consultant and creator of patisserie for The Salutation Inn in Topsham.

All six finalists will also be presented with a Santoku knife worth £115 from Flint and Flame.

And finally….

The Devon Home Cook event is now a firm part of the county’s culinary calendar. As of last year, the winner automatically gets a place in the Home Cook category of the South West Chef of the Year competition. Our 2016 winner, Emy Mordue from Broadclyst, will be competing in this year’s event.

“We have seen the high standard in the Devon Life Home Cook competition and are very much looking forward to welcoming this year’s and future winners to our final and to seeing how they continue to make the best of the wealth of produce available here in Devon,” says South West Chef of the Year founder Michael Caines MBE.

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