Rory Stewart Pub Nomination with Stephen Kierney of The Cross Keys (1)Rory Stewart MP has nominated Stephen Kierney, ​Head ​Chef ​at ​T​he Cross Keys, ​Penrith, ​for the widely coveted Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year Award.

The British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the All Party
Parliamentary Beer Group launched the awards in partnership with
Nestlé Professional, and asked for all MPs to nominate a pub chef in
their constituency renowned for their great food.

With a national shortage of pub chefs, 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. 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.

Speaking about the award Rory said:

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“Pubs, as an industry, are of huge importance to our constituency, its
communities, and both the local, and national economy. Pubs serve
almost a billion meals a year, with more and more pubs recognising
that great food will attract more customers. This County has many,
many outstanding chefs and I am delighted to nominate Stephen for this
prestigious award.”

The nominations close in October and the winner will be invited to an
award ceremony in the House of Commons early in 2018.

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