Robert Allcock, from the Longs Arms in Upper South Wraxall, Wiltshire; Chris Norfolk, from the Elm Tree, in Elmton, Derbyshire; and Andrew Pern, who runs North Yorkshire venues the Star Inn at Harome and the Star in the City, in York, have been shortlisted in the Pub Restaurant Chef category.
The overall winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on 4 June at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in London.
As one of 15 categories that are open to nominations, the Craft Guild of Chefs Pub Restaurant Chef award recognises chefs who use local produce where possible, cook with flair and creativity, and meet the demands of customers "by reaching a standard the proposer feels is exceptional".
This can be in a freehouse, tenanted or leased property, or a managed house of a brewer or pub group.
Two further awards are in the hands of Craft Guild committee judges. The Special Award is presented to the person who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry.
The committee also judges the New Restaurant of the Year award.