A Seaham restaurant has picked up a prestigious national award for its vegetarian roast dinners.

Clean Bean was named the winner of the Best Vegetarian Roast Dinner in Knorr® Professional’s Great British Roast Dinner Competition.

The competition seeks to recognise the very best roast dinners served out of home and to honour those who work hard to craft them. For the first time in its history, the Great British Roast Dinner Competition had both meat and vegetarian / vegan categories available to enter this year.

Winners were decided by an esteemed judging panel, including the 2019 National Chef of the Year Kuba Winkowski who hosted the final round of judging at KUBARN – the home of his unique and innovative Charcuterie business in the Cotswolds. Finalists were scored based on quality, service, cleanliness, value for money, presentation – and, of course, taste.

Clean Bean, which is a 100 per cent gluten-free restaurant owned and run by Linda and Paul Barron, won the vegetarian / vegan category with their ‘cleaned up’ take on the traditional Sunday roast. Their mushroom nut roast stack is made with mushrooms and chickpeas and is served with a stuffing made with quinoa, delivering a wonderful crunchy texture.

Announcing the winner, senior marketing manager for Knorr® Professional, Kate Drew, said: “This year the competition saw an exceptional standard of entries from establishments all across the UK. Winning this award is truly an incredible achievement and a testament to the work that the team at Clean Bean have clearly put in to serving a simply excellent roast dinner.”

Kate Drew added: “We were extremely excited to take our Great British Roast competition to a new level this year, with the introduction of the vegetarian / vegan category. It’s important that the competition reflects the consumer landscape, and with four times the number of vegans in the UK now than 5 years ago, it made sense that we should recognise the chefs that are working to meet this shift in demand.”

Judge and 2019 National Chef of the Year Kuba Winkowski said: “It was a real honour to be asked to judge this year’s competition and hugely motivating to see such a high standard of entries from all across the UK. Great Britain truly does have one of the best culinary landscapes in the world, no matter what type of cuisine you’re looking for. For me, judging this competition has only served to cement this viewpoint – and you can’t get more British than the humble roast dinner!”

As well as the prestigious title of Britain’s Best Vegetarian Roast 2019, Clean Bean will receive a prize package including a £3,000 kitchen equipment voucher, UFS Chef Rewards points and branded chef jackets.

There was also a third category as part of this year’s competition, The People’s Favourite, which was decided based on public nominations. The Three Horse Shoes in Blyth, Northumberland, was today named the winner. The People’s Favourite prize package includes £1,000 kitchen equipment voucher, plus branded chef jackets and 6 x £50 Amazon vouchers for the front of house team.