Meet Jane Baxter, renowned South Devon chef

By Ross Purdy on February 26, 2017

Jane Baxter of Wild Artichokes is one of South Devon’s best-known chefs, renowned for turning our finest local produce into inspiring, nutritious dishes.

Jane’s career has taken her to top restaurants like the River Café in London and the Riverford Field Kitchen, with seven years in the middle spent cooking in the South Pacific. She won two Guild of Food Writers awards for the first of her two Riverford cookbooks, and her writing credits also include ‘Leon Fast Food Vegetarian’, ‘Leon Fast and Free’, and ‘Leon Happy Salads’. Jane also has a regular column in the Saturday Guardian Cook supplement and contributes to a range of magazines.

With all this in mind we were delighted when Jane agreed to provide us with three mouthwatering recipes for our South Devon Cookbook.

Above: squash, bean and corn stew by Jane Baxter, for the South Devon Cookbook

The South Devon CookbookThe South Devon Cookbook is a freely downloadable guide to the best of our region’s food and drink, with 21 original recipes from chefs like Jane Baxter and the Sea Horse’s Mitch Tonks along with top local producers such as Riverford and Tideford Organics.

Jane joined us in the sumptuous setting of Hillfield Farmhouse to show us how to make the squash, bean and corn stew that she contributed to our cookbook.

In the first part of the video, Jane talked to us about her favourite South Devon food producers and gave us some advice about getting into cookery. She also had some tips for those wanting to make one of the recipes in our guide.

In the second part of the video, Jane explained the idea behind Wild Artichokes. We also asked her about what she loves most about her job, which involves cooking in her restaurant, catering for weddings and other events, writing books, teaching and more.

Jane’s recipes in the South Devon Cookbook are:

  1. Baxter’s Brunch, a delicious twist on eggs on toast
  2. Squash, Corn and Bean Stew, a lovely warming winter lunch
  3. Paella Deli Salad, a taste of Spain to customise with your favourite ingredients

About Wild Artichokes

Wild Artichokes, run by Jane Baxter and Samantha Miller, caters for events, provides demonstrations and workshops, and provides a delicious dining experience from its premises on Kingsbridge’s Lower Union Road.

A foodie haven

South Devon is blessed with an array of elegant restaurants, cosy gastropubs and unique cafés, many of which are stocked with products from fantastic local producers like the Well Hung Meat Company, Riverford Organic Farmers, Tideford Organics, Sharpham Wine and Cheese, and many others.


For your next break, choose from an array of stunning self-catering holiday properties in Salcombe, Dartmouth and surrounding South Devon.