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Prestigious new award launched for Britain’s pub chefs


The British Beer & Pub Association and the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group are today launching the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award in partnership with Nestlé Professional. The prestigious new award seeks nominations from all MPs to recognise a pub chef or chefs in their constituency renowned for their great food. Nominations close on the 13th of November. Entries will be judged by an expert panel and will be presented in the New Year.

Pubs serve almost a billion meals a year, with more and more pubs recognising that great food will attract more customers. Pubs are also vital to the local economy in every part of the country, offering valuable and flexible employment, with around 900,000 UK jobs dependent on the trade.

With a national shortage of pub chefs, earlier this year the BBPA, in conjunction with the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) and the Perceptions Group launched the Pub Chef Passion initiative, including a short film aimed at promoting the pub chef as a career option. This award seeks to build on that work, and encourage young chefs towards a career in the pub trade.

Brigid Simmonds, BBPA Chief Executive, comments:

“I am delighted to be launching this new award. A career as a pub chef is exciting and demanding, and it offers young people development, rewards and a great working environment.

“Pubs are increasingly serving very high quality food, and for ambitious chefs, it’s a great chance to take control of your own kitchen. I think it is time that we recognise the efforts of superb pub chefs up and down the country, and I am delighted that Members of Parliament can get involved by nominating great food in pubs in their constituency.”

Andrew Griffiths MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, comments:

“Great British pubs now produce brilliant food as well as serving brilliant beer. We want to celebrate that so this is an opportunity for MPs to showcase the best of the best in their locals, and also to raise the standards of pub food.

“I am sure MPs of all parties and all across the country will be eager to find the best pub chef in their own constituencies and I expect the nominations will be extremely competitive.”

George Vezza, Managing Director of Nestlé Professional UK&I comments:

“Nestlé Professional is delighted to be supporting these awards which will reward excellence within the pub chef community.”

Notes to editors:

The British Beer & Pub Association is the leading body representing Britain’s brewers and pub companies. The Association is more than a century old and was originally founded as the Brewers’ Society in 1904. Our members account for some 90 per cent of beer brewed in Britain today, and own around 20,000 of the nation’s pubs.

The All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group is a cross party group of MPs who highlight the contribution of brewing and pubs to the UK economy and society. It is the largest All-Party Group in Parliament.

Nestlé Professional are committed to inspire partners’ growth. Nestlé Professional provide creative branded food and beverage solutions for the foodservice industry, which enable our partners to be highly innovative and delight consumers.


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Neil Williams
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