Margate’s Palms Pizzeria takes a double at National Pizza Awards

WINNERS: Josh Ward and Stuart Clarke (centre) with host Nigel Barden (left) and random pizza fan (!) at the awards

Margate’s Palms Pizzeria has won the big double at the National Pizza Awards in London.

The venue, which opened at The Centre last year, triumphed in the National Pizza Chef of the Year and Bloggers Choice categories, with its signature dish seeing off competition from established national brands including Franco Manca and Homeslice.

The National Pizza Awards took place at Big Penny Brewing in Walthamstow, hosted by food and drink broadcaster and champion, Nigel Barden. Previous winners include Bad Boys Pizza Society, Rudy’s and Zia Luca.

Sixteen finalists took part in a series of challenges, starting with cooking their signature pizza for judges before creating a technical pizza made up from a specific selection of ingredients.

Founded by music industry colleagues Josh Ward and Stuart Clarke, Palms Pizzeria has quickly established itself in Margate and in April this year expanded to Canterbury where it operates out of the Floc Brewing Taproom.

Josh, who lives in Margate, said: “The National Pizza Awards is such a great experience to be a part of and the whole Palms team is thrilled with this result! Our little pizzeria from Margate competing against the big dogs and winning two awards is just incredible.

“It felt great to bring some of our best creations to the competition and compete alongside other chefs at the top of their game.

“Palms is getting the recognition we think it deserves and we can’t wait to bring more pizza to the people in 2024.”

Following their achievement, the duo behind Palms aren’t showing signs of slowing down with a new restaurant planned to open in Ramsgate in Spring 2024.

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