The cook-offs for the John Smith’s Great British Pub Awards Chef of the Year competition were held this week in Didcot, Oxfordshire, where five chefs battled it out for the title of the UK’s best chef.
The Oxford Blue represents the skills and passions of the four people behind it. Steven Ellis is the chef-proprietor and is engaged to head pastry chef Ami Blakey. Meanwhile, husband and wife Daniel Crump and Margriet Vandezande-Crump head front of house
Employment in pubs is at a five-year high, with staff on average paid more than the national living wage. However, the trade still struggles to fill vacancies and some workers can feel short-changed when it comes to salaries