Published: October 29, 2013
Burnham duo celebrate wins at South West Chef of The Year Awards

Two chefs from Burnham-On-Sea were celebrating last night (Monday) after scooping awards at the The South West Chef of the Year competition.

Andrew Chan, 29, from Love Lane was named South West Professional Chef of the Year at the awards dinner, held in Exeter.

And the award for Best Use of Regional Produce went to Beverley Milner Simonds, co-organiser of Burnham-On-Sea's Food and Drink Festival.

Andrew impressed by the judges by preparing two courses - Sea bass, celeriac, sauté girolles and vanilla velouté followed by a desert of chocolate Mille fuille with raspberry, honey Combe and praline.

"It was tough - it's the first competition I have entered but I cooked two dishes that I thought would catch the eye of the judges. It's fantastic news that I have won the Professional Chef of the Year award - I'm really delighted!" he told Burnham-On-Sea.com.

Andrew, who has lived in Burnham for many years and is a former student of King Alfred School and St Andrew's School, works as a chef at Thornbury Castle in Gloucestershire.

Meanwhile, Beverley said she was delighted to have won the award for Best Use of Regional Produce.

The ingredients in her dish of a rack of goat with frosted red currants and foraged mushrooms got a thumbs-up from the judges.

The South West Chef of the Year competition recognises the skills of both professional chefs and amateur cooks across the region.

 


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