Michael Caines’ two Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park restaurant in Devon, won the Remy Martin XO Excellence Award for the UK's best all-round restaurant, in the Harden's Restaurant Survey 2011.
Mr Caines, who lost his right arm in a car accident 15 years ago, was the protégé of renowned chef Raymond Blanc and he was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry in 2006.
Michael is one of Britain's most acclaimed chefs. At Gidleigh Park, where he was at the helm for 21 years, he earned and held two Michelin stars.
Amongst numerous other accolades, Michael has cooked in 10 Downing Street for the Prime Minister, was awarded AA Chef's Chef of the Year in 2007, and received an MBE in 2006 for services to the hospitality industry.
Michael has recently creating and opened his own country house hotel Lympstone Manor in a Grade II listed Georgian mansion overlooking the Exe estuary.
Michael will be dropping in to launch the festival on Friday 25th August and cast his magic at the Gala Dinner.