The Grand Final of the 2019 Exmoor Food Fest

On Tuesday, we celebrated the end of yet another Exmoor Food Fest with a fantastic tasting menu at the Rising Sun in West Bagborough.  Head Chef Jade Shorney was joined by Olivier Certain (The Swan, Bampton), Liam Finnegan (The Castle Hotel, Taunton), Anita-Clare Field (La Petite Bouchée, Witheridge) and James Mason (New Coast Events). Together they produced a range of amazing Taste Exmoor menu which was a fitting end to a successful 2019 Exmoor Food Fest.

Photos by Faydit Photography.

The Chefs

The Dishes

FUN IN THE KITCHEN

Photo Gallery: Memories of the VIP #ExFF19 Launch

At the end of January, the 2019 Exmoor Food Fest was launched at the Farmers Arms in Combe Florey.  Head chef Mike Griffiths was joined in the kitchen by Tim Zekki (Duende Restaurant), Damien Wager (Edible Art Ltd), James Mason and Jaime Allen.  Here is a collection of photos of the night by Faydit Photography.

Meet the Chef: James Mason

James Mason, Head Chef

The Coach House by Michael Caines
Kentisbury, Barnstaple

In 2015 James was the winner of The Young Professional South West Chef Award and we are delighted to have James Mason, aged 26 years, at The Coach House by Michael Caines as our Head Chef.

James started his career 9 years ago at Exeter College as an apprentice before he started work at Michael Caines, The Abode, Exeter. Following this, James also worked at Royal Hospital Road under Gordon Ramsey giving him more work experience, before going to France. On his return, James worked at Michelin Star Restaurant Tristan before his move to a Senior Sous Chef for the Salutation Inn at Topsham, Exeter.

James’s passion lies with training young and upcoming chefs at the start of their apprenticeships as well as his most recent achievement of three AA Rosettes.

The menus created for The Coach House by Michael Caines have been carefully designed to reflect the seasonality of fresh, local produce and if visiting North Devon it must surely be on your list of places to visit.

James Mason

The Coach House by Michael Caines is open for bookings!

 

 

The Coach House by Michael Caines is a culinary experience that will change the way you think about restaurant dining.

A masterpiece of contemporary rustic design and innovative yet classic cuisine, the celebrated restaurant was awarded three AA Rosettes in 2017 and Taste Of The South West in the South West Tourism Awards 2015.

This 17th century former coaching house, now a Michael Caines restaurant, incorporates a stunning walnut and marble bar with an oak staircase, handmade artisan furniture and stylish décor to create a glamorous yet intimate dining space.

Situated in the grounds of Kentisbury Grange Hotel and surrounded by gently rolling fields, the restaurant is in a truly remarkable location and open all year round for Lunch, Dinner and Afternoon Tea.

The menus at The Coach House by Michael Caines have been carefully designed to reflect the seasonality of fresh, local produce. Chef is more than happy to cater for any special dietary requirements – please let us know at time of booking so that we can prepare something for you.

2 courses for £15.00 / 3 courses for £20.00:

Monday – Thursday lunch

Tel: +44 (0) 1271 882 295

Kentisbury, Barnstaple. North Devon, EX31 4NL

Twitter:              @KGCoachHouse
Facebook:         /KentisburyGrange
Email:                 reception@kentisburygrange.com
Website:             www.kentisburygrange.co.uk

 

ExFF19 Launch: Three guest chefs have now been confirmed

Three guest chefs have now been confirmed to join head chef Mike Griffith on 29 January 2019 at the Farmers Arms for the VIP launch of the 2019 Exmoor Food Fest.

James Mason from Kentisbury Grange and Somerset Restaurant of the Year winner Tim Zekki from Duende restaurant in Wiveliscombe will be in charge of a course each at the launch.

Also confirmed is Damien Wager from Edible Art Patisserie Ltd…ambassador, consultant and all out magician with chocolate.

Please contact the Farmers Arms directly if you are interested in attending.