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Search now on for Pub Chef of the Year 2008

message posted 02-Jul-07 18:46:12
What do you guys think ? , worth entering ?

The search is now on to find the best pub chefs in the business.

If you want to raise your profile in the industry, get the recognition you deserve for your skills and hard work and generate fantastic PR for your pub then make sure your are part of this year’s prestigious competition.

The chefs’ competition, now in its fourth year, involves an exciting eight-month search for the UK’s top pub chefs through a paper judging and cook-off finals which climaxes in an exciting awards night where the winners are unveiled.


The benefits gained from taking part in the awards on both a personal and business level is fantastic
PubChef editor Jo Bruce.
This year there are 10 categories for finalists to enter, which give chefs the chance to shine in areas of their menus they are particularly passionate about. Categories include seafood, game, meat, bar dishes, desserts and young pub chef.

The cook-offs take place later this year at the Meat and Livestock Commission HQ in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, with The first round kicks off on Monday 29 October 2007 and the second on 12 November.

Last year’s awards were a huge success, with pub chefs from all around the UK reaching the cook-off finals. From the cook-offs 10 category winners are selected who are announced at an exciting awards night at the Dorchester in Park Lane, London.

From the category winners the highly coveted award of PubChef of the Year 2008 will be decided.

The Pub Chef of the Year will have the honour of having a menu devised by themselves served to the awards night guests at the Dorchester.

PubChef editor Jo Bruce says: “The benefits gained from taking part in the awards on both a personal and business level is fantastic. The awards are the perfect opportunity for pub chefs to gain the recognition they deserve and to really raise their profile.”

To enter chef’s must submit a recipe for a dish appropriate to their entered category eg seafood etc and provide background information on their pub’s food business, including a current menu. Full details are available in the entry pack. The closing date for entries is 7 September.

For an entry pack call Sue Selby on 01293 610238 or download an entry form here

Why enter:
Last year’s category winners share their success stories

Mark Levy, Pub Chef of the Year 2007, head chef, the Russell, Ellesborough, Buckinghamshire

“The award has given me a fantastic platform for my career. With new contacts, suppliers and custom the Russell has returned its best first quarter figures, so far. There’s no such thing as a quiet week anymore - its really buzzing.

“The awards ceremony was a fantastic night out - it doesn’t get much better than the Dorchester. I can’t think of a greater incentive for budding pub chefs of the future.”

James Rogers, the Grundisburgh Dog, Grundisburgh, Suffolk

“We have had the most amazing PR kick back from the PubChef awards, everything from newspapers to glossy magazines and radio. Fantastic stuff, it has given trade a real boost.”

Jason Howlett, joint head chef, Ring O Bells, Thornton, near, Bradford, West Yorkshire

“The greatest thing about the awards is the publicity. The pub has appeared in local and regional press and because this is a national award, the coverage is great. The great thing about the actual competition is that you get to do something different - you get to try out new recipes and ideas and meet lots of other chefs.”

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