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Gourmet dinner paves way for food festival delights

By WMNlynbarton  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

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The eight chefs, led by Michael Caines (right).

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The knives were out when eight top chefs met in an Exeter kitchen for a little friendly rivalry to whet the appetite for the city’s hugely popular festival of food and drink.

The charity event was staged at Abode, celebrity chef Michael Caine’s restaurant in Exeter, with each of the chefs presenting a dish in an eight course sampling menu.

The delights on offer featured the very best the region has to offer, ranging from pan fried John Dory with Thai spices prepared by Scott Paton, at The Horn of Plenty, to spring chicken with wild garlic and dried pea shells prepared by Josh Eggleton, of the Pony and Trap.

It is also one of the first events for the Exeter Food and Drink Festival, billed as the ultimate foodie weekend and which gets under way tomorrow.

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The gourmet dinner raised money for three charities; Farms for City Children, Families for Children and the Exeter Foundation, all of which are beneficiaries from the festival.

The three day event features over 100 artisan producers, a range of masterclasses, demos from top chefs, children’s activities and a food market.

There is also a programme of music on the cards with a series of after dark events.

Last year, the Exeter Festival of South West Food and Drink has scooped a coveted Gold award for Tourism Event of the Year.

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