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21 August 2023

Meet the kitchen-porter-turned-chef now up for top pub food award

21 August 2023

Former kitchen porter, Karl Quirante, 24, is contesting for 'Best Young Pub Chef' at the Great British Pub Awards, despite confessing to have had no initial passion for cooking. A chance job at The Briars Hall Hotel sparked his interest in the culinary arts. His talent was spotted by The Cricketers pub's landlord, leading to Quirante's current position as head chef. Known for blending Filipino influence with British classics, Quirante has captivated diners with unique dishes like Tempura black pudding and soya-glazed pork belly with adobo jus. Quirante's journey reflects his passion for food and unexpected love for cooking.

A former kitchen porter, Karl Quirante, has been recognised as one of the UK's top pub chefs, despite initially having no interest in cooking. Quirante, aged 24, rose through the ranks at The Cricketers pub in Ormskirk, becoming head chef in April 2023. His menu, featuring British pub classics with a Filipino twist, reflects his own heritage. Quirante is among three finalists competing for the Best Young Pub Chef accolade at the Great British Pub Awards in Manchester on 19th September. Now based in Burscough, Quirante expressed surprise at his success, acknowledging his landlord's belief in his talent.

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