Two of the UK's best pub chefs were named at the inaugural Parliamentary Pub Chef of the Year Awards, held at the House of Commons last night.
Scooping the Young Pub Chef award was Robert Yuill from the D'Arcy Thompson, Dundee (pictured below), while Milan Hukal of the Dog Inn, Grundisburgh, Suffolk (pictured above), won the Pub Chef category.
The pair beat off competition from 120 candidates who were nominated by MPs around the country. A cook-off between four finalists in each category was staged at Fuller's The Vintry pub in London in January.
Yuill, who was nominated by Chris Law, MP for Dundee West, cooked a venison dish. Hukal, nominated by Daniel Poulter, MP for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, prepared brill with razor clams.
The awards are run by the British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA) and the All Party Parliamentary Beer Group, in partnership with Nestlé Professional. The judges included chef Paul Merrett and Brigid Simmons, chief executive of the BBPA.
Simmonds said: "The huge response to our Pub Chef competition from MPs has been a real inspiration. There is already huge talent in the sector and we must work with MPs, local colleges and the whole pub sector to ensure that the next generation of pub chefs have the skills, support and opportunities to take the sector even further."
George Vezza, managing director at Nestlé Professional, added: "We hope that the skill and talent displayed by Robert and Milan will inspire the next generation of chefs to consider careers in the pub sector. As more and more people are choosing pubs as destinations for eating out, this is indeed a very exciting time to develop a career as a chef."