Cornwall rode the crest of a gastronomic wave last night at the Food Magazine Reader Awards 2014 as the county picked up more than half of the thirteen awards.
The gala dinner, held at Yeo Valley’s HQ in Blagdon, Somerset, celebrated the cream of the South West’s food and drink industry after some 8,000 readers from across the South West and beyond cast their votes.
Michelin two-starred chef Nathan Outlaw took the title of Best Chef , beating Michelin-starred Simon Hulstone of The Elephant in Torquay, and Martyn Compton of Tanners Restaurant in Plymouth.
Mr Outlaw, whose main restaurant is at Rock, said: “I've been cooking in Cornwall and the West Country for a long time now and it's so good to be recognised by the public - the people who eat in our restaurants. There's a lot of chefs who have far busier restaurants on the awards list, we're only small, so it means a lot.’’
The Cornish Food Box Company from Truro claimed the title for Best Independent Retailer, beating strong competition in the form of Chandos Deli (across the South West), and Quayside Fish, based in Porthleven, Cornwall.
The title of Best Pub fell to the Victoria Inn, in Perranuthnoe near Penzance.
Best Wine List was won by Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen, Watergate Bay, and Best Drink went to Sharp’s Doom Bar, based at Rock.
The evening was hosted by wine expert and BBC Saturday Kitchen presenter, Susy Atkins; Food Magazine’s editor, Jo Rees; and managing director of Yeo Valley, Adrian Carne.