Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2018: Chef of the Year

PUBLISHED: 09:11 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:11 03 July 2018

Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2018: Chef of the Year

Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards 2018: Chef of the Year


They put in years of dedication and training to create perfection on a plate. These are the chefs behind the plethora of fantastic restaurants that we enjoy in the Cotswolds. There is so much talent here, but we have picked our finalists, and one that was a cut above the rest

The Cotswold Life Food & Drink Awards are one of the biggest events in the local calendar and it is hugely anticipated by the region’s food and drink industry all year round.

We champion the best local producers, suppliers and businesses that are passionate about the Cotswold countryside and the future of our local environment.

Thanks to both the nominations of the public and our well-respected judges, we have picked a winner worthy of the ‘Chef of the Year’ Award, sponsored by Arthur David.

This year’s finalists

Emily Watkins, The Kingham Plough, Chipping Norton

Emily Watkins was described as clearly passionate about creating outstanding and innovative food. The great menu offered a number of fantastic choices, with local asparagus, hogget from Paddock Farm and duck from Madgett’s Farm.

Matthew Beardshall, Wild Garlic & Wilder, Nailsworth

Matthew Beardshall offers diners a unique concept over two restaurants and judges were impressed by the wide range of choice offered. Judges praised Matthew for his amazing deep flavours and complimentary flavours used along with his clean presentation.

And the winner is...

Gareth Fulford, Purslane, Cheltenham

Gareth Fulford offers a unique approach to fish and shellfish, incorporating in seasonality which was well received by the judges along with his variation in the menu. It was commented of how he cooks with a lightness that creates clean, fresh flavour combinations that can’t be faulted.

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Click here to take a look at last year’s winners!

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