Previous winners of the title include Mahdis Neghabian of the Camden Eye in London and Darran Lingley of the Five Bells in Colne Engaine, near Colchester.
The trade body is calling for entries from those who think they’ve got what it takes before the new year deadline of 11 January 2013. The winning licensee will be unveiled at the annual BII Lunch in May.
Peter Thomas, CEO of BII, said: “It’s a fantastic and detailed process, and whoever wins will know that they are genuinely the best in the country.
"So we urge all those licensees who think they could have a shot at the title to come forward and see how they compare to the very best talent the pub industry has to offer.”