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Two Cornish chefs are drawing knives in a charity battle but which cook will serve the killer course?

Great Cornish Food Fight

The days of loading spoons with peas and catapulting custard are (we hope) long gone for Richard Massey and Tim Pile. This spring the Cornish chefs will be sharpening their knives for a food fight of a more refined nature as two of the region’s best restaurants face off in aid of Coast Watch and the RNLI.

Meet the Contenders:

Recently taking up the position of head chef at The Old Quay House in Fowey, Scottish born Richard Massey will be hosting the first round of the scrumptious smack down at the boutique hotel’s Q Restaurant. ‘My plan is to keep my menu details secret until the day, and let the food deliver the knock out blow,’ says a confident Massey.

Though his competition in the course-by-course cook-off isn’t so sure; ‘I’m confident that I can put out two courses that will edge it for me, both for my home fixture at The Rosevine and at The Old Quay House. Bring it on Massey!’ hits back head chef Tim Pile.

Old Quay House

Round One: The Old Quay House — February 23

Perched on the picturesque Fowey Estuary, you can’t get much closer to the water without wetting your toes at the beautiful Old Quay House (pictured above). And it’s at the hotel’s stylish Q Restaurant that the first round of this culinary clash will take place, with both chefs preparing two courses for the evening’s lucky diners.

Round Two: The Rosevine— March 30

Round two will commence on Tim Pile’s turf at The Rosevine – a former Georgian family home restored to create one of the region’s most glamorous beachside retreats. Two more courses will be served by the chefs on the final eve before votes are cast and the kitchen king is crowned.

Judging panel

To settle this score – while raising a juicy sum for the local charities – a judging panel of enthusiastic foodies is required. Think you’re up to the challenge? Tickets to the four course events are priced at just £35, with tempting offers to stay the night starting from just £149 per room.

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Old Quay House

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The Rosevine, Cornwall

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