The Trencherman's Awards 2023 were revealed at a ceremony in Salcombe
The winners of the Trencherman's Awards 2023 were recently revealed at a spectacular ceremony by the sea at Salcombe Harbour Hotel on March 6. Broadcaster and food critic William Sitwell and Dorset's TV chef and restaurateur Mark Hix of The Oyster and Fish House joined Trencherman's Guide editorial director Jo Rees to present this year's awards – the most prestigious dining accolades in the South West.
The event was attended by the region's leading chefs, restaurateurs and hoteliers, among other influential foodies. Host William Sitwell said: 'Very few areas of the country have a guide that rivals Hardens or Michelin in terms of how it's put together – the Trencherman's Guide has really experienced food writers bringing their know-how and knowledge to it – but also for the fact that the South West food scene has the most extraordinary talent."
He added, 'The Trencherman's Awards event showcases the incredible talent, innovation, a lot of energy, a lot of young people who have come into the hospitality business – and of course a few true stalwarts like my co-host Mark Hix."
More than 30,000 individual votes were cast in the second round of voting, with some of the closest final scores seen in the Awards' ten-year history. Nathan Outlaw of Outlaw's in Port Isaac, Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling in Carbis Bay, and Boringdon Hall near Plymouth was honoured among the winners. The finale of the evening saw Nathan Outlaw win the Award for Special Contribution. Nathan said: "I've been in the South West for more than 25 years and the Trencherman's Guide has always been at the forefront of the scene. It's one of the guides you want to get into as a chef – and it's also a guide that many customers follow and then come to your restaurant as a result. To receive this award is incredible and a great honour. 'I don't think there are many guides in the UK, let alone the world, that have got 30 years under their belt, and it shows how amazing the South West is – from the hotels to the guest houses, bars and restaurants – and it's only getting better and better. Long may it continue!"
In traditional Trencherman's style, a number of last year's award winners made up the team of top chefs who crafted the ceremony's four-course feast: Mark Dodson of The Masons Arms (starter), Michael Smith of Porthminster Beach Cafe (fish), host chef Jamie Gulliford of Salcombe Harbour Hotel (main) and Dorian Janmaat of The Idle Rocks (dessert). The quality cooking was paired with fine wines from Hallgarten and Novum, Cornish beers from Sharp's Brewery and soft drinks from Frobishers. Canapés were served with local spirits Trevethan Cornish Gin, Atlantic Spirit No.7 Sea Buckthorn Gin, and Sea Arch Coastal Juniper.
Trencherman's Guide editorial director Jo Rees said: "There was a great sense of anticipation about this year's ceremony since it marks both the tenth year of the Awards and the 30th edition of the Trencherman's Guide. It certainly lived up to expectations: people voted in their tens of thousands, last year's winners cooked a fabulous feast, my co-hosts William and Mark were a great double act, and the crème de la crème of the South West food scene showed up and had a fantastic night. It's a tough time for the food scene and our job at the Trencherman's Awards is to raise awareness of the South West as the UK's most significant gastronomic region outside of London."
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