Fourteen of Exeter, East Devon and Teignbridge's finest curry chefs will be putting their best dishes to the test at @34 Restaurant, Exeter College from 10am on Tuesday. At stake will be the prestigious title of Exeter East Devon & Teignbridge Curry Chef of the Year 2015.
This year, Exeter City Council and Teignbridge District Council are joining forces with East Devon District Council for an even bigger and better competition.
Last year saw Bijumon Varghese, of the Curry Leaf, in North Street, Exeter, crowned as Exeter Curry Chef of the Year, while Top Swar, of Gurkha Chef, Newton Abbot, took the honours for Teignbridge.
Contestants have one hour to prepare and serve a curry, a complementary side dish and a bread or rice dish. Cooking will be before the gaze of a distinguished panel of local judges under the chairmanship of John Wheeler, Head of Hospitality and Catering at Exeter College. The other judges will be Bini Ludlow, Indian Cookery Expert and star of ITV’s Food Glorious Food, and Susan Clark, Food Critic from Devon Life magazine.
Chefs will be judged on their ability to produce food with winning aroma, texture, taste and appearance. The two heat winners go forward to take part in a cook-off at the South West Festival of Food and Drink.