Exeter's New Dining Quarter Want to Know:

“Do you have the Foodie Factor?”

Opening in August 2016, Exeter's exciting new Queen St dining quarter will be the city's premium dining location. This £12m culinary hub will be home to eight restaurants serving food and drink to cater for all tastes and budgets, day and night.

As if that wasn't exciting enough, the Queen St team have now launched their search for a budding chef, secret baker, gastronomic genius or someone who produces 'great grub'.

Find a Foodie is an opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to be part of this 'best in class' dining revolution and receive an incredible package of support and guidance from leading industry figures to help make someone's dreams a reality.

The aim of Find A Foodie is to discover an entrepreneur, an individual or a team with an enterprising idea, a signature dish or an innovative product, created at home or already trading on a small scale, and helping them bring it to a bigger audience at Queen St.

The Prize

Once found, the 'Queen St Foodie' will receive:

• A purpose built kiosk to trade from free of charge in Queen St, for 3 months
• Branding advice and identity development from a leading premium brand agency
• Marketing/PR planning and support from the agencies launching Queen St
• A free advertising package to assist the launch of the venture
• Mentoring from a successful food entrepreneur
• Free legal, finance and business advice from Exeter based practices and high street bank

The Find a Foodie coaching and mentoring team will be announced in May when the first round of keen Foodies will also be revealed.

Help us Find a Foodie

It takes creativity, skills, drive and determination to take a kitchen table idea and turn it into a business. Queen St's Find a Foodie provides a route, that vital next step, to help a budding foodie to realise their ambitions, with specialist support and guidance along the way.

Queen St are working with the Express & Echo on the search to Find a Foodie. Fledgling foodies are invited to register their interest in this opportunity to showcase their culinary skills via this website click here to enter the competition. We need details on your product, dish or innovative food related enterprise.

Entrants will be shortlisted by an especially selected expert panel, made up of business and food industry judges. Those selected will be invited to showcase their menus and products and compete against other entrants during the summer at the Queen St Street Food Markets. where the general public will get to vote for their favourites in a taste test round.

The winner will then receive the life changing opportunity to trade for 3 month's free of charge, with expert advice and support from business mentors, marketing and branding, legal and finance and overall promotion of the Queen St dining quarter.

Queen St want to hear from people who think they have or know someone that could become the 'next big thing' in food.

Fully open by the end of August, the Queen St line up is: Absurd Bird, Comptoir Libanais, Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK), Grillstock, KuPP, The Stable, The Terrace and Turtle Bay.

The dining quarter also has wonderful and welcoming new open air spaces designed especially for food events, markets and entertainment.