Devon Home Cook winners October 2016

PUBLISHED: 11:44 03 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:44 03 October 2016

Classic Homemade hummus with olive oil, carrots, cucumber, flatbread parsley

Classic Homemade hummus with olive oil, carrots, cucumber, flatbread parsley


We introduce the final two contestants in the Devon Home Cook 2016 competition, which takes place this month

Meet Emy Mordue

As a little girl, Emy Mordue would be trailing around her mum’s London allotment, filling up her wheelbarrow and picking blackberries. It may be these early memories, along with seeing her mum in the kitchen, that have inspired her own cooking skills. “She would always be making a meal, or a cake and I’d be around her while she was doing it,” says Emy.

Now in Broadclyst, Emy has lived in Devon for half her life, moving here when she was 15. She works as a content and community manager for the creative agency G M Design in Exeter and enjoys shifting from a digital work environment to the kitchen at home. “Cooking is very tactile,” she says. “It’s why it appeals, it’s something so different. And I like cooking with music, chilling out in the kitchen.”

“I love faffing around, trying new things and experimenting with new flavours,” she adds, mentioning that dulse is one of her latest ingredients. “It’s great added to veg.”

Always experimenting with her meals, Emy says, “I do struggle a bit with recipes; it’s the constraints. I like to look in the cupboard and see what’s there and make a meal.”

Biggest challenge?: “I’d say the crème brûlée in my menu; I do struggle to follow things to the T but for that you have to be so exact.”

Devon Home Cook contestant Emy MordueDevon Home Cook contestant Emy Mordue

Meet Karen Walker

“I can’t draw or paint, but I can make pretty food,” says Karen Walker, who finds that cooking provides the perfect outlet her creative side. When she’s not in the kitchen, she runs Peninsula Training with her husband John, a company which provides training and qualifications for people who work with children, young people and families. It’s a jb that takes them across the country, but Devon is very much home to Karen who grew up in Brixham and has lived in the Torbay area all her life.

Cooking has always come naturally. “My mum was a keen cook; she’d make all her meals from scratch, but she wasn’t an adventurous cook. I suppose my interest came from a desire to eat slightly more unusual and modern things.”

Karen also loves to cook outside (she’s even been known to barbecue under an umbrella), but it’s cooking for appreciative friends and family that gives her the most pleasure.

“I have a lovely family and very good friends and we get together and cook meals for each other. Cooking is at the heart of the family.”

A self confessed ‘potterer’ in the kitchen, she is nevertheless ready for the challenge of cooking under pressure and to a tight deadline.

Biggest challenge?: “It’s going to be ensuring I do things to the standard I want to do them in the time I’ve got.”

Devon Home Cook contestant Karen WalkerDevon Home Cook contestant Karen Walker

Join us for the cook off finals

Why not pop in to Bradburys kitchen showroom in Exeter on 8 October to see the six contestants battling it out for a place in the following day’s final? Cooking takes place from 11am to 3pm and there will be refreshments and music to help ease the pressure in the kitchens. Last year’s winner and member of the judging panel, Alex Murdin, has a final word of advice for the cooks. “Keep it simple; resist the temptation to keep adding things at the last minute and instead make sure that what is there is done well and makes the most of good ingredients.” Wise words indeed! The results will be announced at the Devon Life Food and Drink Awards gala evening on 3 November.

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