Mark Tami MP nominates local pub chef for prestigious new national award

Mark Tami MP has nominated local pub chef Paul Koffman for the inaugural Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year award. Paul Koffman will be judged by an expert panel which will decide whether he 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.

After nominating Paul Koffman, Mark Tami, MP for Alyn & Deeside said:

“It was great to be able to nominate Paul for this award. The food at the Cross Keys, Llanfynydd, is always of exceptional quality and I really hope he does well in this contest.”

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, earlier this year the BBPA, in conjunction with the British Institute of Innkeeping (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.

Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:

“I am delighted that Mark Tami MP is working with us on this new award. 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.”