Michael Caines MBE, award winning local chef, has been named as this year’s president of the Devon County Show. He is best known for his restaurants and hotel at Lympstone Manor, as well as a second restaurant in Exmouth. The menus at all his establishments focus on sustainability and using local, seasonal ingredients.

Speaking about his role as president for the 2024 Devon County Show, Michael Caines told reporters: “To my mind, Devon has the finest larder in the UK and Devon County Show 2024 will certainly showcase this. I am delighted to be able to introduce some of the most talented chefs from Devon – winners of the South West Chef of the Year, supported by students from Michael Caines Academy at Exeter College, who will be performing cooking demonstrations throughout the duration of the show. Championing my vision, they will demonstrate alongside suppliers and connect the audience to our regional larder and celebrate its provenance.

“I have been working behind the scenes at the show for some time now and have met so many of the extraordinary people charged with running this annual event. What strikes me is that whatever their role, from mowing the grass to running the livestock section, to directing traffic in carparks is their passion in all they do. I want to find ways to spotlight and celebrate each and every one of them.”

The Devon County Show will take place at Westpoint, near Exeter from 16th until 18th May 2024.