Darron Bunn, head chef of the Chasers in Stokeinteignhead, Devon, has been named Hardys Chef of the Year.
The Michelin-starred chef, whose CV includes the Greyhound in stockbridge, Hampshire, won £10,000 in the food and wine matching competition organised by Constellation Europe.
Bunn's winning dish was spatchcocked Quail, pea purée, and toasted pistachio & chanterelle dressing, matched with Hardys Riddle colombard-chardonnay. Bunn beat three other chefs to the title at a cook-off final held at Pied a Terre in London.
The other finalists were Matthew Curmi, of the Rising Sun in Poole, Dorset, who cooked peach tatin with lavender & blackberry matched with Hardys Botrytis Semillon; Sam Hughes of McManus pubcos Brampton Halt in Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire, with North Atlantic cod cheeks Œa la Bourguignonne' and pommes mousseline served with Hardys Nottage Hill Shiraz;
Andy Stuart of the Sir Charles Napier in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, with paupliette of lemon sole with Scottish salmon mousse matched with Hardys Stamp of Australia Semillon Sauvignon Blanc.
Judges included two Michelin-starred chef Shane Osborn, head chef and co-owner of Pied à Terre, Robin Knapp, wine director, Matthew Clark; Bob Burgess, Constellation's on-trade senior customer marketing manager and PubChef editor Jo Bruce.
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