Rory Stewart MP has nominated Head Chef, Steven Pott from the Stoneybeck Inn, Penrith for a national award.

Rory invited people on Facebook and Twitter to vote for their favourite pub chef in Penrith and The Border, and after receiving the most votes, Steven will now be put forward for the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award.

The British Beer & Pub Association 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, 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. 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.

“Pubs, as an industry, are of huge importance to our constituency, its communities, and both the local, and national economy. This County has many, many outstanding chefs and I am delighted to nominate Steven for this prestigious award.”

TV chef, food writer and owner of three gastro pubs, Paul Merrett will judge along with a panel of industry experts, and the winner will be announced in the New Year.

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