Rory Stewart MP is inviting constituents to vote for their favourite local chefs for the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award.

The British Beer & Pub Association and the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group have launched 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.

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 it will be difficult to choose – but I will be delighted to be able to put one of them forward to receive this prestigious recognition, and promote the industry and its career opportunities.”

Candidates must work within Rory’s constituency of Penrith and The Border, and you can vote for someone by emailing their name, the name and address of the pub, and why you are voting for them to [email protected] with the subject ‘PUB CHEF NOMINATION’ by Wednesday 11th November. Rory will then nominate the chef with the most votes for the award. Entries will be judged by an expert panel and the winner will be announced in the New Year.

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