Acclaimed pub chef and TV celebrity, Tom Kerridge of the Hand & Flowers, the UK’s only two Michelin-starred Pub, is right behind these prestigious awards:
“The British pub sector is such a fantastic and dynamic area of the hospitality industry. It’s a space that allows the warmth of hospitality to shine through in a environment that is comfortable for everyone, irrespective of background. It is a place where the quality of British produce is allowed to flourish and the only standards that will be holding you back are your own. The drive for success is always hugely supported, not only from within the pub sector, but from customers and producers. Many years ago the British food scene was the laughing stock of Europe, and now, through that push for perfection, the British pub scene is at the forefront of the hospitality world. Long may it continue!”
Read about some of the chef’s stories below and don’t forget to encourage your MP to nominate a talented chef in your area today!
Chef Ben Morgan of The Plough Pub in Northfields, Ealing has entered many awards and cooked for celebrity chefs already despite his tender age of 25 and will be judged by an expert panel to decide whether he goes through to the final stages.
Speaking of his nomination, Ben said: “It is an absolute privilege to be nominated. I’ve entered a few competitions before but to have the opportunity to be in a cook off contest to potentially go onto the House of Commons is quite something else. I’m honoured.”
Virendra SharmaMP is very complimentary of Ben, his team and the entire pub experience when she says, “Ben Morgan and the whole team at The Plough work from start to finish to ensure a fantastic experience. The food is certainly top rate, and prepared with what seems like real love for the ingredients and their sourcing. As the oldest Fuller’s pub it really shines as an example of what the pub sector contributes to the United Kingdom and London.”
Chef William Parker, of The Globe Inn, Somerton, a child protégé of his own mother, herself an esteemed head chef from whom he developed his passion for food at an early age, will be judged by an expert panel to decide whether he goes through to the final stages.
William said: “It’s a great privilege to have
been nominated for The Young Pub Chef of The Year Award, I have worked in this industry for the past four years and the passion I feel for creating exciting food and pleasing people is my main aim as well as developing a name for our business, for excellent, imaginative dishes.”
William is also the proud recipient of The Young Volunteer of the Year Award in South Somerset, which acknowledges the outstanding contributions young people make to the local community.
David Warburton MP of Frome and Somerton, supports the Awards in saying that “Pubs are central to the rural economy and, by bringing people together, essential to community life. At the very heart of Somerton, The Globe Inn is a wonderful example of a thriving local and I’m delighted that it’s status in the town can be recognised through this nomination for the Pub Chef Awards.”
Another one of just a few examples of nominees is Chef Craig Sheil, who has moved The Bull and Dog in St Helen’s Merseyside up over 70 places on Trip Advisor in just under one year through sheer determination and enterprising commitment.
“It’s an honour and a privilege to be selected by Marie Rimmer MP, I feel this is a great opportunity not just for myself but St. Helens in general. I can’t wait to be given the opportunity to showcase my abilities and progress as a chef to a higher standard,” said Craig who feels like he was born to work in the culinary world as two of his grandparents worked in the profession and he spent much of his childhood behind the scenes of the trade.
Marie Rimmer MP of St Helen’s has recognised the Awards with high esteem when she says, “Industry awards are high praise indeed. It is recognition from peers and competitors that a St. Helens chef in a St. Helens pub has really outdone themselves and put The Bull and Dog on the map with tasty food, excellent service and friendly faces. I hope that Craig Sheil wins and hope everybody takes the opportunity to visit the refreshed pub.”
These are only just a few of the already nominated chefs but there are still many nominations to fill so shout out to your MP with the name of a pub chef and/or a pub which serves exciting and creative food.
The nominated Chefs will compete for the accolade of Pub Chef of the Year from the two categories, Pub Chef and Young Pub Chef of the Year.
Entrants will be judged by an expert panel who will shortlist contenders for the cook-off where they will display their skills toorganisers, The British Beer and Pub Association as well as judges from sponsors, Nestlé Professional, the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group and acclaimed TV guest chef presenter and former Michelin star holder, Paul Merrett.
Nomination close next month so time is of the essence, if you know a pub with great food or a talented chef do ping an email over to your MP today, they are waiting for your nominations. bit.ly/PubChefAward Find out who your local MP is here:- http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/