The head chef at Merchants Manor Brasserie has made it through to the finals of the South West Chef of the Year competition.
Dale McIntosh won through last weekend’s semi-finals and will now compete for the overall title at an event to be held at Exeter College on October 27.
The semi-finals tested the chefs’ abilities and challenged them to create and cook two dishes using prescribed ingredients of mackerel and lamb from the region.
Each chef was given 90 minutes to cook and prepare three servings of their starter and main. The dishes were presented to an expert panel of judges featuring Michael Caines MBE, Paul Ainsworth, Neil Haydock, Peter Gorton and Matt Mason.
McIntosh said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be through to the finals – it’s the biggest competition I’ve ever taken part in and certainly a highlight of my professional career.”