ENTRIES are now being recieved for the fifth annual South West Chef of the Year, which once again comes around in the form of the Taste of the West contest.
This year`s competition challenges three categories of cooks (young professional, professional and home enthusiast) to create a two-course menu.
Judges including Michael Caines, Christopher and James Tanner will be looking for quality, ingenuity, balance, use of local produce and the range of skills required to produce the menu.
2006’s winner of the professional class, Ian Webber, was employed as head chef at Gidleigh Park immediately after the competition, which can be very beneficial for people wanting to progress quickly up the ladder.
John Sheaves, chief executive of Taste of the West, said: "The competition continues to inspire up and coming professional chefs, as well as nurturing young talent, within the foodservice industry.
"The region`s reputation already precedes it but the affect of highlighting such talent only enhances our ability to rival the food, drink and stunning landscapes of established European destinations such as Tuscany."
Entry forms are available from Taste of the West by contacting Julie Harvey on 01392 440745 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Closing date for entries is Friday 7th March 2008.