New competition launched to find the best pub chef

COMPETITION  From left: Marcus Pingriff, Lee Love, Martin Ayliffe, Alan Mak and Havant Borough Councillors Andy Lenaghan and Mike Wilson
COMPETITION From left: Marcus Pingriff, Lee Love, Martin Ayliffe, Alan Mak and Havant Borough Councillors Andy Lenaghan and Mike Wilson
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THE search is underway for the area’s best pub chef.

Havant MP Alan Mak has launched a new Local Pub Chef Award and has asked food-lovers to nominate their favourite.

The winner will then go on to represent Havant in a national competition to find Britain’s top pub chef run by the All Party Parliamentary Beer group and the British Beer and Pub Association.

Mr Mak said he shared a passion for great pub food along with many of his constituents.

He said pub chefs deserved to be recognised for their hard work and dedication in getting the best possible food onto the plate for people to enjoy.

Mr Mak said: ‘We all enjoy great pub food and this new award is designed to showcase our talented pub chefs who make it all 
possible.

‘Our local pubs are big employers contributing to our growing local economy and vibrant community hubs that bring people together.

‘I hope local residents will get behind our local pub chefs, and nominate them for this new award.

‘We have so many great pubs and talented pub chefs, and I have no doubt the winner of my local competition will do well in the national competition too.’

Mr Mak launched the competition at the newly-refurbished West Town Inn pub on Hayling Island.

The pub’s head chef, Martin Ayliffe, 26, said he thought the competition was a great idea.

Martin, from Hayling Island, said: ‘This is a great community initiative.

‘Local pubs are important parts of the community and everyone enjoys pub food.

‘I encourage residents to support their local pubs and nominate their favourite pub chef.’

People can vote online at alanmak.org.uk and votes will be open until Friday, November 6.

Each pub across Havant, Waterlooville, Hayling Island, Bedhampton and Emsworth are being sent posters for them to display inviting customers to submit nominations.