Our Food Hero at the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2017

PUBLISHED: 09:03 15 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:50 15 September 2017

Food & Drink Hero

Food & Drink Hero


We announce our Food Hero at the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2017

This award is Cornwall Life’s opportunity to nominate its very own Cornwall Food Hero. This category celebrates an individual who the magazine believes has made a vital impact on the food and drink community in the county – someone who goes the extra mile to promote Cornwall to a wider audience and is passionate about local produce.

Cornwall is not short of incredible food and drink and chefs that know how to use them. Our winner perfectly reflects Cornwall’s attitude to food – beautiful cooking, handling the best of our local season produce with care and imagination in a relaxed inclusive atmosphere that makes the most of the beautiful views on offer in Cornwall.

The recipient of the award has a string of accolades and a succession of high-profile positions under his belt, yet he hasn’t lost sight of the basics of great food and warm hospitality. After a series of other senior positions in large and small luxury hotels, he was drawn to Cornwall in 2000 by the opportunity to run The Abbey in Penzance. Owned by Jean and Michael Shrimpton, this ex-nightclub soon became a well-regarded fine-dining restaurant, where he achieved a Michelin Star.

He went on to launch The Scarlet Hotel – and chose to move away from the fine-dining label, looking for an opportunity to offer real food in an unpretentious setting, where he could exceed expectations, keep prices affordable and allow people to relax and enjoy themselves.

His first exploit as restaurateur at The Tolcarne, what he describes as ‘a humble pub next to the sea wall in Newlyn’ where he could be close to his fishmonger. This reflects perfectly the value he puts on having a good relationship with small producers who are passionate about what they do; it is this that helps him offer evolving menus packed with fresh flavours, featuring the best produce from land and sea

The Tolcarne opened in July 2012 and was immediately well-received, winning a Michelin Bib Gourmand for good food at affordable prices. In 2015, he and his team took charge of their second venue – in Sennen Cove – creating a buzzing year-round dining destination in the far west of Cornwall with a menu blending family favourites with his signature seafood dishes.

If that’s not enough he is currently spending his time off investigating some of Cornwall’s more unusual eating experiences for Cornwall Life. If you haven’t guessed yet, our 2017 Food Hero is Ben Tunnicliffe!

This award was sponsored by The Greenbank Hotel.

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