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Eipic victory for Deanes' chef James Devine

By Staff Reporter

A Belfast-based chef has triumphed in the UK's most prestigious culinary competition.

After a tense final at the Restaurant Show, James Devine has been crowned National Chef of the Year 2017 - following in the footsteps of Gordon Ramsay.

The Sous Chef at Deanes Eipic cooked up a winning menu featuring Tees Valley Rib of Beef and a soft centered chocolate and coffee tart. "Before the competition you look at the list of chefs who've won in the past and you can't help imagine yourself winning. Now to be in amongst those guys, it's a real honour. I'm very humbled," he said.

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