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Our chefs up for winning Britain’s Best Brigades

Our kitchen team have made it all the way to the finals of Britain’s Best Brigades, a national competition which celebrates the best, hardest-working kitchens in the industry. The 7-strong team, lead by head chef Leon Higham from Leamington, was chosen from hundreds of entries to represent the UK pub sector in the competition run by Essential Cuisine.  We’re now in a public vote going head to head with teams from seven other sectors of the hospitality industry, in a bid to win the title and be named Britain’s Best Brigade.

Having been named finalists, Leon and the team are asking for your help to give us their backing and vote. Watch our one minute video on why we think we should be crowned the winner:

At stake is the coveted title, £1000 cash. plus an exclusive menu development masterclass with a leading UK chef.  Essential Cuisine will also donate 50p from each vote placed to Peach Foundation, our chosen charity.

Leon had to say why his team stood out and how they work together as a well-oiled ship.  “That was the easy bit really, as the team here is fantastic – I don’t think I’ve ever worked with a better bunch of people,” says Leon. “Our kitchen is like a second family.  We push each other along with help always at hand, and we really look out for one another. Everyone knows they have a role to play and what they do counts.  That’s why it’s a really stable team, with a really happy atmosphere in the kitchen, cooking great food, day in, day out,” he says.

“We are excited to get this far in the competition and to get into the last eight,” he continues.  “The response we’ve been getting from friends, family and people we’ve all worked with in the past has been amazing and we’re already planning a little celebration in recognition of getting this far.  Winning would be incredible and a brilliant thank you to the team, and we’d love for people to give us their vote,” he says.

Public voting is now open for the competition, and we have until 27th June 2017 to get the votes in. Visit:, and help crown us the winner.



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