Project Description

Take a look at all of the amazing chefs that visited in 2018, we’re busy inviting chefs to attend the 2019 festival and will share the news soon!

Tim Bouget

Director at ODE - true food

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Tim Bouget was born in Devon and studied at Exeter College, going onto the work with Michel Roux at the Waterside inn in Bray and other top London eateries. Later years saw Tim travel and work in North America, Asia, Caribbean, South Africa, and the Middle-East at the highest levels in the hospitality industry in a career spanning 30 years.
On returning to the UK in 2007 Tim and Clare opened their intimate dining room ODE in the coastal village of Shaldon which went on the win South West Restaurant of the year for 2 years in succession and listed in the UK top 100 at the National restaurant awards and awarded sustainable restaurant of the year in 2012
ODE-true food was awarded the prestigious Catey 2014 for sustainable business and is widely recognised as being at the very forefront of the sustainable food movement operating the highest rated sustainable restaurant and the café in the UK.

Tom Browning

Lewtrenchard Manor

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Tom began his career doing work experience at ODE True Food in Shaldon, Devon, under the supervision of Tim Bouget and shortly after gained a year further experience at @bode Exeter, under Tom William-Hawkes and Michael Caines whilst at college. He then took a Chef Du Partie role at the Edgemoor Hotel, Bovey Tracey in 2009 and stayed until 2011 before returning to work with Tim in Shaldon. Whilst there the group won and maintained the SRA Sustainable Restaurant of the Year Award 3 years running, a passion which is still close to Tom's heart.

At the beginning of 2014 Tom found a position under Mathew Peryer at Lewtrenchard Manor, and swiftly worked his way up the ladder to sous chef withing 18 months. Mathew and him have worked closely from then until now, a deciding factor in Tom receiving the offer of Head Chef in 2018. An offer he instantly accepted.

Tom Williams-Hawkes

The Salutation Inn, Topsham

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Tom started his cooking journey during a school work experience at Gidleigh Park, Chagford under the guidance of Michael Caines. Michael, himself started his professional career at The Imperial Hotel in Exeter run by Tom’s forefathers. His great grandfather ran Deller’s of Exeter for 17 years between the First and Second World War. It was an amazing cafe renowned for its quality and architecturally a leading Art Nouveau building. Tom attended Exeter College as a chef trainee for three years graduating as Top Student, then on to Gordon Ramsey at Hospital Road, Chelsea then to Petrus under Marcus Waring before returning to Devon and working his way up to Sous Chef at Gidleigh for Michael. A spell in France followed for the Rothschilds during Gidleigh refurbishment and then onto the Abode in Exeter as Executive Chef for three years before opening the Salutation with the family. Now Tom, with the help of his wife Amelia, runs The Salutation Inn; a fabulous restaurant with rooms, café

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