Port Isaac's Emily Scott scoops Best Chef award
EMILY SCOTT, of The Harbour Restaurant, Port Isaac, has been named Best Chef at popular culinary magazine Food's Reader Awards 2013.
She is one of many Cornish-based chefs and businesses to do well in the awards, which cover the whole of the South West.
Emily was recognised for her beautifully crafted food, turning local ingredients – in particular Cornish seafood – into pared back, elegant dishes.
In its second year, the Food Reader Awards received thousands of votes as South West consumers flew the flag for the places where they love to eat, drink and shop across the region. From best-kept secrets to foodie household names, consumers named the best foodie pubs, cafes, retailers, restaurants, hotels, local drinks, local chefs and local food products.
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Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, who recently opened a restaurant in Plymouth, was named Local Food Hero, with runners-up in the category including Emily, Ken Symons, Oliver’s, Falmouth, Nathan Outlaw and Ben Prior of Ben's Cornish Kitchen in Marazion.
Ben also took the prize for Best Restaurant. Oliver's in Falmouth and Seagrass, St Ives, were among the runners-up.
The Ferryboat Inn, Falmouth; Victoria Inn, Penzance; The Gurnard's Head, Penzance and St Kew Inn, near Bodmin, were runners-up in the Best Foodie Pub category.
Best Cafe was won by St Ives' Porthminster Beach Cafe with nods to Duchy of Cornwall Nursery Cafe, Lostwithiel; Relish, Wadebridge and Woods Cafe, Cardinham.
Coming in behind Emily Scott for Best Chef were Ben Prior, Ben's Cornish Kitchen, and Lee Groves, Seagrass Restaurant.
Best Drink was Tribute, St Austell Brewery, and runners-up included Luscombe Drinks, Camel Valley Vineyard and Sharp's Brewery. Best Foodie Product was Cornish Sea Salt with Cornish Yarg and Kernow Sausage on its tail.
Watergate Hotel Bay took the Best Foodie Hotel award with the Driftwood Hotel, Portscatho, among the runners-up.