Merchants Manor: Chef of the Year Finalists

Article Published: Friday 17th October, 2014 - 12:45pm

The head chef at Falmouth's Merchants Manor Brasserie - and one of Cornwall's most captivating wedding venues - Dale McIntosh, has made it through to the finals of the prestigious South West Chef of the Year competition after competing in the semi-finals last weekend.

Impressing the judges with his starter of ‘three way mackerel’, a dish presenting the local delicacy scorched, confit and tartare accompanied by an impressive horseradish ice cream, Dale's main course comprised a sumptuous dish of braised neck of Suffolk lamb cooked fricassee with root vegetables served with smoked bacon and squash puree. Many of the ingredients were sourced from the local suppliers used by McIntosh in the Brasserie including Westcountry Fruit Sales’ Canara Farm and Primrose Herd.

McIntosh will now compete alongside three other finalists on Monday October 27 at Exeter College, with the winner being announced at a glittering awards dinner in the evening.

Dale, who has more than 15 years’ experience in the kitchen took the helm at Merchants Manor Brasserie in January 2013 and is hoping to add South West Chef of the Year to his list of accolades which include three-time finalist and winner of the Cornish Challenge.

In short, Merchants Manor Brasserie boasts one of Falmouth’s most sought after menus, meaning that a top-tasting wedding is lip-smackingly guaranteed.