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!”

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Chef of the Year was sponsored by Kitchencraft

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