AWARD-winning chef Paul Morgan has added another prestigious piece of silverware to his already overflowing mantelpiece.
For his Hampshire Arms in Crondall has been crowned Greene King’s Destination Food Pub of the Year.
“The competition was open to all Greene King’s licensed properties, which number about 2,000,” said a delighted Paul.
“It means we are the best pub/restaurant that people travel to from long distances.
“We have regular customers from as far away as London and Oxford. We take pride in the fact that people are prepared to travel such long distances to eat here.”
Paul said he was “absolutely ecstatic” to win the award, which was presented at a plush hotel in Arundel last week.
But he is no stranger to making the finals of top competitions.
In January he was runner-up in the British Meats Chef of the Year competition following a nail-biting cook-off in Milton Keynes.
Then in March, Paul just missed out on retaining his Catering Pub of the Year award, sponsored by the Publican.
“No-one has won the award twice in a row so to come second is a great achievement,” said Paul.
Now he is in the running for the Craft Guild of Chefs Pub Chef of the Year, previously won by Gordon Ramsey and Raymond Blanc.
“You have to be nominated to enter the award and 22 industry professionals, including David Elliot, the chairman of Greene King, have put my name forward so I am honoured,” said Paul.
But it does not stop there as the competition-crazy chef has also entered two more contests — The Booker Prize of Excellence and The Cateys Award run by the Hotel and Caterer magazine.