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Masterchef winner Anton Piotrowski at Torquay food festival

By Herald Express  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

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A MASTERCHEF winner will be among the line-up at Torquay's May Bank Holiday food festival.

The event is already a sell-out as many producers have chosen to make TorqEat their festival of choice and will be launching a vast array of tasty products.

It has attracted a number of top chefs including a Master Chef: The Professionals 2012 joint winner and head chef at The Treby Arms, Anton Piotrowski (pictured).

Sizzling beef and pork creations called gyros, exotic lamb and apricot tagine and luxurious chocolate and Guinness cake are just some of the taste sensations available to try for the first time at TorqEat on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday May 4, 10am until 6pm.

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Heading the line-up of chefs is Simon Hulstone, chef proprietor at Torquay's Michelin starred restaurant The Elephant. He will be joined by passionate supporter and advocate of TorqEat, Richard Hunt, the consultant and proprietor of the Devon Scone Company.

Bruce Cole, who is the award-winning head chef from the Moorland Garden Hotel, and Jean Philippe Bidart, or JP as he is known, the head chef at the multi-award winning Millbrook Inn at South Pool, will also be participating.

Throughout the two days they will be doing a range of informative demonstrations.

Chief executive of Taste of the West, John Sheaves, said: "The response to TorqEat this year from the region has been fantastic. We count ourselves extremely lucky to have so many wonderful producers on board. To have sold all our producer stands so quickly demonstrates just how popular the festival has become and emphasises the passion for high quality and locally produced food and drink."

The free, family friendly event features more than 40 producers on Torquay's harbourside and in Cary Gardens.

In the lead up to the festival a selection of Torquay's finest restaurants, bars and cafés will be taking part in TorqEat's mouth-watering Foodie Trail from tomorrow to Monday, May 5. Back by popular demand for the second year, this will showcase the very best of the town's wonderful food establishments with a vast array of delicious, one-off menus available for all to try. The Elephant, Lavani, Burridge's Cafe Tearooms and Offshore Bar and Restaurant have all already confirmed their participation, as well as many more.

TorqEat is sponsored by Paignton-based Caterfood. The festival is backed by businesses within the Torquay Business Improvement District in collaboration with Taste of the West.

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