Local Chef Makes National Final

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15 January — 15 March 2009

A chef from St Michael's Hotel & Spa in Falmouth has made it to the final of a national cookery championship

15th January 2009

Local Chef Makes National Final

A chef from St Michael's Hotel & Spa in Falmouth has made it to the final of a National Cookery Championship. Pat Quinn has fought off major competition to make it to a final of 8 chefs all competing to win the prize of ‘Best of British Challenge', sponsored by Heinz.

Pat Quinn's recipe won praise by the British Culinary Federation and salon director Peter Griffiths, and he has now been invited to create his dish in 30 minutes in the Salon Culinaire Live Theatre during the Hospitality show at the NEC, Birmingham.

Pat Quinn has been working as a chef for over 40 years and is no stranger to competitions. In the 1970's he won International competitions and represented England all over the world. Originally from Coventry, Pat moved to Cornwall in 1968, and has worked in many different hotels along the Falmouth coast as well as working in top London hotels, but it's the Flying Fish Restaurant at St Michael's Hotel & Spa, which he has never quite been able to leave behind.

Hotel owner, Nigel Carpenter said: "Pat was one of the pioneers of the foodie renaissance that we have seen in Cornwall in recent years and of which St Michael's Hotel & Spa has been at the forefront."

Originally Head Chef of The Flying Fish, Pat is now working in what he calls ‘semi-retirement' simply spending time enjoying what he loves best and he's now hoping he can add one more trophy to the cabinet at this month's competition.