A HOLMFIRTH chef is in the running to add a pub ‘Oscar’ to his list of credentials.
Tim Bilton, chef and owner of The Butchers Arms, in Hepworth, has been shortlisted for the Pub Restaurant Chef Award in the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs Awards.
For two years in a row, Tim’s passion for great British food and local ingredients has seen him represent the North East on the BBC TV series Great British Menu.
Tim said: “I’m extremely proud to be considered for such a high-profile award.
“To be nominated by your peers is fantastic and a huge compliment.
“The award is something which chefs strive towards but I was still surprised to hear I had been shortlisted.”
Tim, 39, started out in the kitchen at the tender age of 13, where he washed dishes, before becoming hooked on the great culinary delights coming out of the kitchen.
He said: “It was just a job to get pocket money but I loved being in the kitchen and it all stemmed from there.”
Tim went on to train with culinary master Raymond Blanc which he believes gave him a great grounding in the industry.
Since his early days, he has gone on to achieve a host of accolades and set up his gastro pub three years ago.
“We might be a small dining pub in a small village but my team and I work hard to bring the best of Yorkshire produce to diners and maintain the kind of standards you would expect from the country’s best restaurants.
“We are proud of using good local ingredients. The butchers we source from are fantastic at what they do.
“The animals are really nurtured and for the meat its all about quality.”
Tim and his team have recently been experimenting with unusual cuts of meat.
“We have been doing a plate of braised lambs neck, slow roasted breast of lamb and pan seared rump with faggots.
“You can get some amazing flavours from these cuts, I always remember my gran boiling a lambs neck and it was so flavoursome.
“It does take time but the rewards speak for themselves.
“My passion is just good pub grub and I feel I have one of the best jobs in the world!”
The latest nomination comes on the back of his string of awards as follows: Best Gastropub at the Great British Pub Awards, Yorkshire Life magazine’s Dining Pub of the Year, Huddersfield Examiners Fantastic Media Young Business Person of the Year and The Best Use of Regional Produce on the Menu at the Deliciously Yorkshire Awards.
Now in its 18th year, the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards have become the chef’s ‘Oscars’, rewarding talented and passionate chefs across the industry.
But Tim will have to wait until June 2, to hear if he makes the grade when the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London.