CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Dorset Magazine today CLICK HERE

Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Chef of the Year

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 October 2016 | UPDATED: 09:10 07 October 2016

Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Chef of the Year

Dorset Magazine Food, Drink & Farming Awards 2016: Chef of the Year


Dorset chefs are renowned for their expert use of seasonal local produce but who has gone out of their way to showcase Dorset produce on their menu in an innovative and engaging way? Find out 2016’s winner here


Brett Sutton, The White Post, Rimpton

As we have already heard this evening, Brett Sutton is renowned for supporting local producers on his menu at The White Post, and is a true ambassador for West Country food. His love and passion for local seasonal ingredients shines through in his beautifully presented dishes and readers describe his food as “a sheer delight to eat”. They are impressed by the way he marries interesting flavours together, often with a quirky twist such as Tandoori partridge, yoghurt, cornflakes, coriander and baby gem. “Brett sources his food locally, including home grown and foraged fruit and veggies and then works wonders to combine their flavours in dishes that you just want to eat over and over,” said one reader.

Jean-Paul De Ronne, The Anchor Inn

Jean-Paul De Ronne is passionate about wild foraged ingredients, seasonality and top notch local produce and this is the holy trinity at the heart of his land, sea and field menu at The Anchor. Our readers described him as “the smart, innovative chef who has put The Anchor on the map for its fabulous food and not just its stunning location.” De Ronne has elevated British pub classics to a new level – try his caper salt chips - as well as introducing exciting new dishes that showcase surprising local produce like seaweed wrapped carpaccio of Dorset veal and slow braised local goat. Vegetarians meanwhile can tuck into Dorset Blue Vinny cheesecake, or a Bloody Mary risotto with local Black Cow vodka. Readers loved De Ronne’s inventive approach to celebrating local and seasonal on his menu “He has made this a destination gastropub that Dorset can be proud of,” declared one reader.

And the winner is…

Jan Bretschneider, Roots

Jan Bretschneider opened Roots in Southbourne with his wife Stacey last year. Their aim was to bring innovative exciting dining to Bournemouth. And they are certainly succeeding as Jan’s seasonally inspired 5 and 7 course tasting menus are really wowing our readers. Food becomes delicious theatre with the Bread & Dip starter of homemade ciabatta with a beef dripping candle, fish is celebrated in the cured halibut, gooseberry, hazelnut, hay and kohlrabi and vegetarians were impressed by dishes like rainbow carrots, goats cheese, burnt hay and nasturtiums. Taste buds across the county have been bowled over by his flavour combinations. “Jan is an exceptional chef with an amazing imagination,” declared one reader. “With Roots he has created a remarkable temple to gastronomy by the sea in Dorset – wow!”

Click here to return to our list of 2016 winners!

Were you at the awards night? Tweet us your pictures @DorsetMag, @LifeFoodAwards, #DFDFA

Chef of the Year was sponsored by Kitchencraft


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Dorset visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Dorset staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Dorset account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Food & Drink

Friday, November 9, 2018

Roaring open fires, hidden nooks and crannies and huge comfy armchairs are all signature traits of a cosy pub – and Dorset has cosy pubs aplenty. Here are just some of the best inns to snuggle up in this winter

Read more
Monday, November 5, 2018

The Crown Hotel at Blandford Forum offers wonderful riverside walks, stylish bedrooms, deeply satisfying suppers and even a dandy highwayman

Read more
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

When Friday night arrives you can’t beat a traditional fish supper from the local chippy. With some help from our readers and in no particular order, we pick eight great ‘plaices’ for fish and chips in Dorset

Read more
Friday, October 12, 2018

From farmhouse to country house, tea room to hotel Sue Quinn leaves no crumb untested as she seeks out some of the finest cream teas in the county

Read more
Monday, October 8, 2018

Sunday afternoons are made for lazing in a cosy pub, beer in hand and an overflowing plate of delicious roast dinner on the table. We pick 10 great places for Sunday lunch in Dorset

Read more
Monday, October 1, 2018

Fanny Charles is impressed by her lunch at Seasons at The Eastbury

Read more
Friday, September 28, 2018

Here are our Dorset Food, Drink and Farming winners for 2018; nominated and voted for by you

Read more
Thursday, September 13, 2018

You can’t beat a pub lunch after a scenic country walk with your four-legged friend. In no particular order, we pick some of the best dog friendly pubs in Dorset

Read more
Monday, September 3, 2018

Robert Ndungu, Head Chef of the award-winning pub The Acorn in Evershot, reveals what is making his tastebuds tingle as summer gives way to autumn

Read more
Monday, August 20, 2018

We are delighted to announce our 2018 finalists

Read more
Monday, July 23, 2018

Asian flavours combine with seasonal Dorset ingredients at The Ollerod - an exciting new relaxed dining venture in the heart of Beaminster

Read more
Friday, July 20, 2018

From creamy classics to inspiring new flavours of gelato, Dorset is home to some of the best ice cream parlours in the south west. With some help from our readers, we pick eight great places to indulge in a scoop this summer

Read more
Monday, July 16, 2018

Kieran Perree, scallop diver and Golden Scallop founder shares his recipe for pan fried Lyme Bay scallops

Read more
Monday, July 9, 2018

Dab caught from Abbotsbury beach cooked with lots of garlic, parsley and butter

Read more
A+ South & South West

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search