SOMERSET LIFE RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR 2018
Duende restaurant opened just over a year ago, and picked up Somerset Life’s Restaurant of the Year 2018 award in November, swiftly followed by Taste of the West Gold.
Chef patron Tim Zekki is passionate about freshly prepared, seasonal and local food – he was Gary Rhodes Local Food Hero on UKTV with his two London delis. He then went on to run highly successful Duende pop up restaurants around the Chilterns for four years until moving to Somerset to open Duende in Wiveliscombe.
Tim produces food that is fine in provenance, but unpretentious in style, in the quirky and relaxed atmosphere of a Georgian townhouse.
Tim will be a guest chef at the Exmoor Food Festival VIP launch at The Farmers Arms in Combe Florey on January 29.
Head Chef Olivier Certain is joining Duende in February, so just in time for the Exmoor Food Festival.
Olivier has been classically trained in France, including Michelin starred and 3 Rosette establishments. He started his career in the UK under Andrew Dixon (3 AA Rosettes) at Porlock Weir. Over the years Olivier has been Head Chef at Woods in Dulverton, Clavelshay Barn at North Petherton and The Swan in Bampton. He won Somerset Life’s Chef of the Year 2017 whilst at Clavelshay Barn.
Together the two award-winning chefs plan to combine their differing skills and backgrounds to push creative boundaries at Duende and bring the West Country’s fantastic produce even more into focus.
Lunchtime Exmoor Food Fest offer:
A l a carte menu, 2 courses £17.50, 3 courses £21
Evening Exmoor Food Fest offer:
Special 5 course tasting menu £40 per person
Optional wine matching flight available.
The Exmoor Food Fest deal is available: Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from February 7 until March 2.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday lunch until March 3. Please quote ExFF19 when booking, no vouchers are required.
4 High Street
Somerset TA4 2JX
Telephone: 01984 624650