Devon’s Chefs Dominate Great British Menu and a Nod to Local venison

Three female chefs from the Southwest were involved in a cook-off on Great British Menu last night. The trio demonstrated in one heat how far female chefs have come and, at the same time, venison featured in some of the dishes dedicated to 100 years of Great British Broadcasting.

Charlotte Vincent from The Five Bells at Clyst Hydon was up against fellow chefs Olivia Barry from Adelina Yard in Bristol and Elly Wentworth from The Angel in Dartmouth. The prize is to represent the Southwest in the final banquet of series 17 of the hit TV show.

Charlotte Vincent cooked venison which was supplied by Devon-based Curtis Pitts Deer Services who also supplies venison to Elly Wentworth.

Charlotte said

“I’m so proud to be using Curtis Pitts. I like to know the meat’s provenance  and that it’s sustainable and ethical. His ethos is incredible and being just round the corner from the pub is less food miles from farm to fork.”

Curtis Pitts, Director of Curtis Pitts Deer Services said

“It was a real honour to supply our wild fallow loin to the Great British Menu.  It makes me very proud to see not one, but two of our much-valued customers showcasing the wild produce we take great care in harvesting from across the Southwest.”

The dish, named “Dig for victory” was “a tip of the hat to the wartime speech on a declaration of war made by Neville Chamberlain. It was spine chilling and a poignant moment of British broadcasting on the radio,” said Vincent.

The dish of venison with turnip & carrot with a beef fat pastry pie was awarded a 7 by judge Paul Ainsworth but was not enough to keep her in the heat.

Elly Wentworth is also a longstanding customer of Curtis Pitts, she said

“It was great to see Charlotte showcasing Curtis’ venison, I was one of Curtis’ first customers and I think his produce is top-drawer.  He is so impressive for his age and handles every element of the business himself as a self-taught businessman.  It is great that his excellent produce is now getting the recognition from top chefs across the Southwest and beyond.”

Elly Wentworth & Olivia Barry, who both scored double 8’s, will go forward and we would like to take this opportunity to wish them both the very best of luck!

Curtis Pitts’ venison is available to buy online and a Chefs’ Larder price list is available upon request.


Devon’s Chefs Dominate Great British Menu and a Nod to Local venison

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