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Chef has the day of work

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Exeter’s Royal Clarence Hotel could be demolished this week

Structural engineers are inspecting the hotel which is thought to be England’s oldest, that was sadly devastated by a fire that started at around 5am on Friday and was still being damped down on Sunday.

The front of the hotel building has partially collapsed and interior walls have been destroyed. A senior source within the fire service told the BBC that demolition work on the remains of the hotel, built in 1769, could begin as soon as today, but would be more likely to take place on Tuesday.

The Bishop of Exeter, Robert Atwell, said to the BBC he would like to see the historic building’s façade rebuilt: "All the historic stuff inside has gone, you can't replace it, but I hope and pray that they rebuild the frontage as it was, because it deserves to be there, because that's what will preserve at least the veneer of the architectural continuity on the Cathedral Green." The origins of the fire is reportedly broke out in the Castle Fine Art gallery before spreading to the Well House Tavern, a café and the hotel. Guests were evacuated and there were no reported casualties.

South West Chef of the Year

This year’s South West Chef of the Year was awarded to Jamie Coleman, Head Chef at the Saunton Sands Hotel who was awarded winner following an intense final.

The accolade was presented by competition co-founder Michael Caines MBE and his team of industry judges that included Stephane De lourme of The Seafood Restaurant, Padstow; Consultant Chef Peter Gorton; Matt Mason of Jack in the Green; Hywel Jones of Lucknam Park and Seth Ward of Bidvest Foodservice.

Mr Caines said of the competition : “I have been delighted by the standard shown by the chef finalists and competitors. It was not just about technical skill and the ability to put together mouth-watering flavours; we are also looking for innovation and flair together with the desire to really get behind locally sourced ingredients and give them the culinary treatment they deserve. I am passionate about our regional food produce and have been really struck by the dedication the chefs have shown too

HCS Bournemouth; chefs line-up 

The Bournemouth Hotel & Catering Show, held from March 11-12 2016 will include leading chef’s demonstrations and interactive tasting areas, plus some new features. Eight respected chefs including Michael Wignall, Tom Aikens, Sam Moody, Richard Davies, Dominic Chapman and Luke Holder, will be demonstrating a range of skills, whilst taking questions from the audience in an interactive theatre.