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  • Vanilla thrilla

    Vanilla Little Pod
    It’s the store cupboard staple we all take for granted, but if you ditch that long forgotten jar of essence and opt for the real thing, you’ll fall in love with this sublime spice all over again.
  • The rise of the micro-fest

    Rise of the micro-fests
    Micro-fests are on the up, with hyper-local foodie events popping up in villages, towns and cities all over the South West. Kicking off, and pioneering the micro-fest on the south coast is the Budleigh Buy Local Food & Drink Festival from March 13-15. A relative newcomer to the South West festival scene, this three-day event [...]
  • From cook to chef in six months

    Ashburton Chefs Academy
    Ready for a career change, from cook to chef? While passion can’t be taught, the skills it takes to turn that passion into a career can – from knife skills and presentation skills, to menu preparation and food and wine matching.
  • Street smarts

    Rick Stein Cookery School
    There’s more of offer at Rick Stein’s Padstow Seafood School than its renowned fish courses – as food’s Gemma Chilton discovered when she signed up to learn her parathas from her papadums
  • Meet Rob Murray, head chef at Moorland Garden Hotel

    Rob Murray Moorland Garden Hotel
    The Moorland Garden Hotel’s new head chef is grounded in the use of local produce and has worked at a number of leading Devon restaurants including The Nobody Inn and The Dart Marina. Food got the lowdown on the hotel’s up-and-coming chef
  • Michael Caines gets his Kentisbury dream team

    The Coach House by Michael Caines at Kentisbury Grange
    After a few false starts, the stars have fully aligned for Michael Caines at The Coach House Restaurant at Kentisbury Grange, on the edge of Exmoor.
  • Rick Stein to open Newquay restaurant

    Jack Stein, Jill Stein, Charlie Stein, Rick Stein and Edward Stein
    Rick Stein has announced plans to open a new restaurant at Fistral in Newquay, Cornwall, due to open this spring
  • American style pancakes

    American pancakes
    Serve Richard Davies’ thick American-style pancakes in a stack topped with caramelised banana
  • The Insider: Adam Warne of Warne’s Bar and Restaurant

    Adam Warne of Warnes Restaurant in Wadebridge
    When you want to learn about the highs and lows of chef life, who better to speak to than an industry insider like Adam Warne?
  • Falling for oysters at St Moritz Hotel

    Oysters at St Moritz Hotel, photography by David Griffen
    Jamie Porter, head chef of St Moritz Hotel, talks to Food about why he thinks oysters are one of Cornwall’s finest ingredients
  • Herb crusted cod

    Herb crusted cod
    Adie Babb, of The Royal Seven Stars Hotel, shares his delightful herb crusted cod recipe served with butternut squash puree
  • Top 50 Gastropubs 2015 award winners announced

    The Jack in the Green, listed in the UK's top 50 gastropubs
    The Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropub Awards 2015 have been unveiled, with South West restaurants strongly represented
  • Food Reader Awards 2015 winners revealed

    Food Reader Awards 2015
    Foodies from across the South West gathered to find out who had picked up accolades at a funky awards ceremony held at Fodder @ YVHQ
  • Insider reviews: The Fox at Broughton Gifford

    The Fox at Broughton Gifford, Wiltshire
    Food editor Jo Rees headed to Wiltshire dining pub, The Fox at Broughton Gifford, to investigate its unique charm
  • Food Reader Awards finalists celebrate at Combe House

    Afternoon Tea at Combe House
    The Food Reader Awards 2015 finalists and sponsors gathered at Combe House for a sumptuous afternoon tea yesterday
  • Game menus at The Royal Seven Stars

    Royal Seven Stars, Totnes
    If you’re a fan of game, head to TQ Brasserie at The Royal Seven Stars in Totnes this January to try its exciting game menu
  • Coffee desserts to pep up your New Year

    Coffee pannacotta
    Coffee has become a culture in and of itself these days, and the beloved beverage is very much a part of our busy lives
  • Seville marmalade

    Seville marmalade
    Seville oranges are at their best in January and February so make the most of them with this delicious marmalade recipe
  • Meet Ben Palmer of The Greedy Goose

    Ben Palmer of The Greedy Goose in Plymouth
    Former Barbican Kitchen head chef Ben Palmer has just taken over Tanners Restaurant and relaunched it as The Greedy Goose
  • Dartington’s Barbara King is retail royalty

    Barbara King of The Shops at Dartington
    With a prolific career in senior retail positions, Barbara King, managing director of The Shops at Dartington, is unquestionably retail royalty
  • Loin of lamb with pea puree and sweetbreads

    Lamb with sweetbreads
    Treat the other half to this indulgent lamb dish served with pea puree and sweetbreads from William Guthrie of Buckland Manor
  • Zarzuela des mariscos (Catalan seafood stew)

    Catalan fish stew
    Cook up a Mediterranean storm with this Catalan fish stew recipe from chef Julian Alcaraz of Southernhay House
  • Slow braised beef cheeks

    Beef cheeks
    Try using a more unsual cut with this beautifully rich, slow-cooked beef cheek dish from chef Paul Collins of Fodder @YVHQ
  • Sharpham Elmhirst cheesecake

    Sharpham Elmhirst Cheesecake
    A twist on the classic cheesecake, this recipe uses award-winning Sharpham Elmhirst cheese making it extra indulgent
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