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Chef of the Year winner at the Dorset Magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards 2015

PUBLISHED: 01:00 25 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:32 09 December 2015

Mark Hartstone winner Chef of the Year sponsored by Talbot Heath: Mark Hartstone (La Fosse) with Angharad Holloway (Talbot Heath)

Mark Hartstone winner Chef of the Year sponsored by Talbot Heath: Mark Hartstone (La Fosse) with Angharad Holloway (Talbot Heath)

Andrew Plant/Imagine Photographic

Judges were looking for a chef devoted to the cause of serving the best possible food. This category pits the finest Michelin-starred chefs against those working the local bistro.

Dorset magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards.Dorset magazine Food, Drink and Farming Awards.

Sponsored by Talbot Heath

Winner: Mark Hartstone, La Fosse, Cranborne

Described by our readers as an inventive and talented chef, Mark enjoys using locally sourced ingredients which celebrate the seasons and he is proud to tell diners about their provenance. Readers loved his dedication to promoting local food within his menus, often using smaller lesser known food and drink producers including some great Dorset cheeses.

Highly Commended: Brett Sutton, The White Post, Rimpton

Renowned for leading the way in sourcing and supporting local producers, Brett Sutton is a true ambassador for West Country food. Readers were impressed by his innovative menus which showcased local ingredients and loved the fact that provenance is so important to him and said that his attention to detail from field to plate is perfect.

Highly Commended: Cass Titcombe, Brassica, Beaminster

Cass Titcombe may be the new chef on the Dorset block, but our readers like what they are seeing and tasting at his latest venture Brassica. ‘This chef cooks the type of food one would love to be able to cook at home,’ said one reader. ‘There is no fancy pretence. The flavours speak volumes and the presentation is creative in such a simple way.’ Readers loved the imaginative dishes Cass creates using the freshest of local ingredients ‘every visit is a surprise to see what is being served that day’.

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