Pub chefs to be commended with MP award

British MPs are nominating pub chefs from their constituencies for the chance to be recognised with the new Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award.

Tom Kerridge is famous as being the first pub chef to be award two Michelin stars (Photo: BBC)

Tom Kerridge is famous as being the first pub chef to be award two Michelin stars (Photo: BBC)

The British Beer & Pub Association, which represents breweries in the UK, and the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group have launched the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award, with entries being judged by an expert panel and a winner being announced in the New Year.

Pubs serve almost a billion meals a year, the BBPA said, as more and more pubs focussing on improving their food offering to attract increasingly picky clientele.

Announcing the new awards, Brigid Simmonds, BBPA chief executive, said: “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, said the award was sure to draw in support across all of the political parties in Parliament.

He said: “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.”

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