BigFire Chef Sue Stoneman wins South West Home Cook of the Year. 03/11/16

BigFire Chef Sue Stoneman wins South West Home Cook of the Year.

BigFire are thrilled to announce that our Demonstration Chef Sue Stoneman has been awarded South West Home Cook of the Year.

Alongside demonstrating the BigFire collection, Sue has recently started sharing with us her recipes for outdoor cooking, much to the pleasure of the rest of the BigFire team who ensure thorough tastings are carried out!

We’ll let Sue tell you how she feels in her own words:

I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded the title of South West Home Cook of the Year at the Awards Dinner held at the Exeter Golf and Country Club.  The finals of the competition were held at the Ashburton Cookery School two weeks previously and I was up against three other finalists.  I had to create a two course meal choosing between pork tenderloin or whole trout, and for dessert two of either apples, pears, autumn berries and quince.  I cooked a main course of ‘pork tenderloin stuffed with chicken mousse and black pudding, wrapped in pancetta, served with autumn vegetables, sweet potato and a cider sauce. For dessert, I made a Sloe Fall Apple and Berry Meringue with Vanilla Cream.  Both dishes had to be cooked from scratch in two hours under the watchful eye of seven top chefs, headed up by Michael Caines MBE.

Time goes so quickly when you are cooking under pressure and against the clock but having practised my dishes, managed to finish in time.  I also won an award for ‘Best Use of Regional Produce’. The judges wished to know where all your ingredients came from and I did make a point of using as much locally grown and produced food as I could.  The judges were very impressed with  the fairly difficult pork dish I had chosen to make, they loved the chicken mousseline and the “combination of flavours all over the plate”.  As for my dessert, they said that the meringue was ‘an excellent example of how to make it properly’ and they all wanted another portion!

Although I am a very enthusiastic and very happy Home Cook, I do of course take my cooking skills outside and love rustling up some tasty treats in wood fired ovens and BBQs.  I am quite lucky as I get the opportunity to cook at work as well as at home.

As well as cooking up a storm at BigFire, Sue is a Demo Chef for local food events, writes outdoor cooking recipes for UK BBQ Magazine and restaurant reviews for Crumbs Magazine.

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