Both Iain Stewart MP and I have nominated local pub chefs Jon Adriaenssens of the Bell and Bear in Emberton and Lewis Anstee of the Wheatshef in Bow Brickhill, for the Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award.
Jon and Lewis will be judged by an expert panel which will decide whether they will go through to the final stages. The award, sponsored by Nestlé Professional, will be presented in the New Year and is run by the British Beer & Pub Association and the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group.
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 a national shortage of pub chefs, in 2015 the BBPA, in conjunction with the British Institute of Innkeepers (BII) launched the Pub Chef Passion initiative, 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.
I am delighted to be nominating Jon for this award. I am well aware of the crucial role that pubs play in the local community. Jon’s use of local produce in his menu means he is not only serving wonderful food, but is supporting local business at the same time.