Could you be the National Chef of the Year 2017?

By David Mulcahy - It really does feel like no time since Larry Jayasekara was announced as National Chef of the Year 2016 at The Restaurant Show. However, not long after one competition ends it’s time to focus on the next year’s event and I am delighted to announce entries are open for the competition again.

We’ve got some exciting changes to share with you all. You will already have noticed our brand new competition website. On this site we will be sharing some NCOTY news, blogs, advice and insight into the competition so make sure you keep coming back to the site to see what is new. We’ll be sharing videos, recipes and interviews with previous winners as well as some expert guidance from some of our high profile judges.

With the launch of our new website, you are now able to enter the competition online so make sure you register your interest nowand access all the information you need to complete your entry.

I know that over the next few months many chefs will be busy planning their menus. It’s a really interesting brief this year and I can’t wait to see what you all create. Competitors are required to produce acreative lunch menu for four guests that could be cooked-up within two hours. The menu must consist of a risotto starter of your choice; a main course using a whole chicken, with appropriate accompaniments and a choux pastry dessert of your choice.

I always feel a sense of excitement on launch day as the brief for this year’s competition is unveiled and the buzz about the competition begins once again. It’s been fantastic to see so many of you tweeting @Craft_Guild over the last few weeks asking to be notified as soon as the brief is ready. Our judges are already looking forward to working through the paper entries in May and selecting our 40 semi-finalists.

Whether you have entered this competition before or are considering putting your skills to the ultimate challenge for the first time, I’d recommend entering. You just never know how far it could take you. This competition is not based on a chef’s personality or past triumphs but simply on culinary skills, interpretation of the ingredients and what chefs can create when the heat is really on.

You have until Friday 6th April to submit your entries so get your thinking and creative caps on and good luck everyone!

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