Suffolk Chef shortlisted for Pub Chef of the Year

Suffolk Chef shortlisted for Pub Chef of the Year

Fresh from winning ‘Best Front of House Team 2018’ in the Estrella Damm UK Top 50 Gastropub Awards 2018, there is yet another reason to celebrate at The Unruly Pig near Woodbridge. Head Chef, Dave Wall (pictured), has just been named as a national finalist in the Pub Chef of the Year category in the Craft Guild of Chef Awards 2018.

Dave Wall is one of only three Chefs that have been shortlisted for this prestigious award. Former winners have included the likes of TV Chef Tom Kerridge.

Brendan Padfield, owner of The Unruly Pig said: “Dave is my hero. I am so very proud of all that he has achieved in the relatively short time that The Unruly Pig has been open. For him to be shortlisted as Pub Chef of the Year is just fantastic news. I am hardly objective, but he deserves to win for all the very hard work he has put into The Unruly Pig’.

Dave Wall added: “I was surprised but thrilled with this news. Whatever the outcome, it is an honour to have been shortlisted.”

Dave Wall grew up in Ipswich and was educated at Coppleston High School. He trained in  London under Gordon Ramsay working at Claridges and The Boxwood Café before moving on to work at Bibendum restaurant and, latterly Le Talbooth restaurant in Dedham.

He became Head Chef at The Unruly Pig in March 2015 but after only twelve weeks of opening The Unruly Pig suffered a catastrophic fire forcing it to close for very many months. It reopened in 2016 to national critical acclaim and has since gone on to win many awards and accolades.

The awards ceremony takes place on the 4th June at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London where the winners will be announced before an audience of over 750 of the catering industry’s leading lights.