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Winner Top Chef at the Essex Food and Drink awards 2015

PUBLISHED: 16:52 14 October 2015 | UPDATED: 16:52 14 October 2015

Top chef award.

Top chef award.

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Nominees for this category were local chefs passionate about food that create dishes to the highest standard. Judges were looking for a perfectionist – the alchemist who consistently transforms local seasonal produce into winning combinations

Winner: Robert Pearce - Orsett Hall

Judges said: Once again, this was a very difficult category to judge. However, there can only be one winner and that is Robert Pearce. Robert produced some first class food, full of flavour and well presented. The taste of the food lingered long in the mouth and it truly was an enjoyable experience.

Highly commended: Dan Phillips - The New London Restaurant

Highly commended: Simon Edwards - The Spotted Dog

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