Our festival executive chef Willi Rehbock (as you’ve probably guessed) is of German origin, but has lived in England for over 20 years. He has a City and Guilds Diploma in Professional Cookery, as well as teaching and food hygiene qualifications and has worked in 4 and 5 star hotels as executive Chef for many years before becoming a professional food Lecturer. Willi is passionate about food and is not only an excellent cook, but an outstanding teacher. He was a cookery lecturer at Milton Keynes College and Exeter College, and until recently taught there both in Further and Adult Education classes. Now running Rosehill Rooms and Cookery full time.
Pâtissier John McMillan opened McMillans Deli in Budleigh in 2013, offering a great range of local produce with their own range of chocolates hand made by them on site. Offering a wide range of foods to eat in or take-away, catering for special occasions with fabulous finger foods and party treats. John previously worked as a pastry chef at the Dorchester Hotel with Anton Mosimann.
www.otterfarm.co.uk "I’m lucky enough to spend most of my time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. At my smallholding, Otter Farm, I grow the most delicious food I can think of - kiwis, sweet cicely, Japanese wine berries, pecans, quince, almonds and Szechuan pepper among them.
I have written four award winning books, including A Taste of the Unexpected (Food Book of the Year 2011). A Year at Otter Farm was published in June 2014. I used to be very idle, an environmental consultant, at River Cottage, though not necessarily in that order."
He teaches on several courses at the Cookery School but specialises in Curing & Smoking.
This is his passion.
"For me smoking and curing are the beginning of cookery. It is steeped in tradition and I like that connection. It was originally born out of necessity but has developed in to a culinary art. It bridges the gap between science and sorcery and allows any keen amateur to create fantastic, authentic cured goods."
Liam has worked for the Wet Plaice & Devon Quality fish as a fish handler since leaving school. They now own 2 fish shops in Budleigh and Exmouth and a wholesale supply business based in Pound Lane, Exmouth.