The British Beer & Pub Association and the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group launched the Parliamentary Pub Chef and Young Pub Chef of the Year awards in 2016, in partnership with Nestlé Professional. The aim of the competition is to showcase the crucial role food plays in pubs and show Members of Parliament what great food is on offer in their constituency locals.
The prestigious award seeks nominations from MP’s to recognise a pub chef or chefs in their constituency who are renowned for their great food.
The competition involves a written entry which is assessed by a panel of expert judges. A shortlist of eight finalists are then selected to take part in a cook-off grand final. The winners are announced at a prestigious event in the House of Commons. Winners in two categories (Pub Chef and Young Pub Chef) also receive a cash prize of £500.
Pubs serve almost a billion meals a year and are increasingly aware of the role great food can play in attracting new customers. Pubs are also vital to the local economy, offering valuable and flexible employment, with around 900,000 UK jobs dependent on the pub sector.
Despite this, there is a national shortage of pub chefs.
Because of this shortage, we helped launched the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year Award, helping to promote the pub chef as a career option.
The 2018 Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year competition has now closed, but keep an eye on our website for information regarding the next competition!