Cornwall-based chef Nathan Outlaw received the Award for Special Contribution at this year’s Trencherman’s Awards, presented at the Salcombe Harbour Hotel.
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 the 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.
Over 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.
Outlaw pipped Paul Ainsworth for the Special Contribution accolade, while other Cornish winners included Padstow’s Prawn on the Lawn (Best Trencherman’s Restaurant) and Carbis Bay eatery Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling (Award for Creativity and Innovation).
Commenting on his win, Outlaw said: “I’ve been in the south west for well over 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 a lot of 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 Awards 2023 winners and grand finalists
Award for Special Contribution
Best Trencherman’s Chef
Best Trencherman’s Restaurant
Best Trencherman’s Hotel
Best Trencherman’s Pub
Award for Creativity & Innovation
Best Front of House Team
Best Bar List