Andrew Gwynne MP has nominated Slavomir Gerwell, chef at the Hinds Head, Heaton Chapel, for the inaugural Pub Chef of the Year Award.
The British Beer & Pub Association and The All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group have launched the award in conjunction with Nestle.
The prestigious new Award seeks nominations from Members of Parliament to recognise a pub chef, or chefs, in their constituency who are renowned for cooking great food. This Award aims to encourage young chefs towards a career in the pub trade.
Pubs serve almost a billion meals a year, with more and more pubs recognising that great food will attract more customers. 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.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“A Sunday afternoon in the pub is the perfect way to catch up with friends and family after a long week in Westminster, and the Hinds Head is one of my favourites.
“It is important that we support all of our local small businesses, including pubs.”
Brigid Simmonds, the Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association, said:
“A career as a pub chef is exciting and demanding, and it offers young people development, rewards and a great working environment.
“Pubs are increasingly serving very high quality food, and for ambitious chefs, it’s a great chance to quickly take control of your own kitchen. I think it is time that we recognise the efforts of superb chefs up and down the country.”