PUBLISHED: 10:48 29 September 2014 | UPDATED: 13:14 30 August 2017



The Cornwall's Next Head Chef competition aims to find the best up and coming cook to propel them to the next level of their career.

Running throughout November and December, the hunt for 2014 Cornwall's Next Head Chef competition aims to find the best up and coming cook in the county to propel them to the next level of their professional cooking career.

On the judging panel this year will be head judge Stephen Marsh, Head Chef at the Greenbank Hotel in Falmouth; Bruce Rennie, Head Chef at Clay Quay in Penzance; Adrian Oliver, Owner of Margot’s Bistro in Padstow and Nick Hemming, Catering Development Manager for St Austell Brewery.

The judges will oversee two knockout rounds of the competition, before the four best chefs compete in the final on Thursday 4 December. As well as tasting and scoring the dishes cooked for the competition, they will be offering feedback and advice to all the competing chefs in every round.

'The competition is a great opportunity for younger chefs in Cornwall, who are often under-represented, to come to the fore and show what Cornwall is about when it comes to food,' explains Stephen Marsh, Head Chef at the Greenbank Hotel and head judge of Cornwall’s Next Head Chef. 'It can really help to give the entrants’ careers a boost and help them to promote themselves.

'Last year we had some amazing food and saw some really superb cooking. This year I really want to see some great grass roots cooking, avoiding too much gadgetry with chefs cooking from the heart, demonstrating enthusiasm, skill and passion.'

'I’m delighted that Stephen Marsh, Bruce Rennie and Adrian Oliver have chosen to return and challenge each of our contestants with the addition of Nick Hemming from St Austell Brewery,' says Ben Stevens, Business Development Manager of Delicate Trade and organiser of the event. 'Stephen has held two AA Rosettes for over a decade across four different venues in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. He is a passionate advocate for simple flavour and texture combinations and puts a great weight on local sourcing.

'Until recently Bruce Rennie was Head Chef at The Gurnard’s Head, which the Independent listed as number seven in the Top 10 Best Country Pubs in the UK. As you can imagine, Bruce has an incredible eye for detail and will be looking for thoroughly skilled delivery. Adrian Oliver, proprietor at Margot’s Bistro in Padstow, has been awarded two AA Rosettes continuously for the past 18 years and his passion for the delivery of superb dishes is incredible. He will be looking for finished products which are great eating and well thought out.

Joining the team this year for the first year, Nick Hemming is the Catering Development Manager at St Austell Brewery. He brings a very different perspective to our team; with responsibilities of over over £10 million of annual food revenue Nick will be looking for the future leaders within the hospitality industry.'

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