NCOTY and YNCOTY Webinar Series

A first for 2020, the team for NCOTY and YNCOTY launched a series of exciting webinars featuring our ambassadors, past winners, judges and key sponsors, all bringing to life the online blogs & content created throughout the 9-month campaign to drive awareness of the prestigious competitions.

WEBINAR 1 – link to recording

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Our first webinar is taking place this Wednesday (20th May) at 4pm. We’ve got an exciting panel of experts including judges, Angela Hartnett and Lisa Allen, former NCOTY finalist Diane Camp, YNCOTY winner and recent Great British Menu star, Ruth Hansom and NCOTY ambassador, Mex Ibrahim from Women in the Food Industry.

This session will be hosted by organiser of the competition, David Mulcahy who will talk to all the panellists about life during lockdown, their plans for reopening as well as what being part of a competition like NCOTY means. Lisa and Angela will be on hand to share some top tips for all of you who are still busy working on your entries. There will also be an opportunity for you to submit your own questions to the panel.

WEBINAR 2 – link to recording

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Talented chefs Steve Groves and Kuba Winkowski have hit the headlines many times over the last few years. No more so than when each one won the coveted title of National Chef of the Year (NCOTY).

Cooking for so many Michelin-Starred chefs is no mean feat and both chefs rose to the challenge over the last two years to be crowned the winner. However, winning means more than just what you cook at the final. It’s about becoming a true ambassador for the industry and inspiring and supporting others. Both chefs truly have risen to this challenge.

In our second in a series of NCOTY webinars, Steve and Kuba will be interviewed by vice-president of the Craft Guild of Chefs, David Mulcahy. He’ll explore what the chefs have been doing during lockdown as well, their thoughts on plans for reopening and sharing what it takes to be a successful chef. For those considering entering the competition this year, the chefs will be on hand to talk about their experience and answer your questions live on the webinar.

WEBINAR 3 – link to recording

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As we begin the final two weeks for chefs to complete their National Chef of the Year entries, many chefs will be pulling together their final menu. Knowing there is an opportunity to make the top 40, chefs will want to guarantee they have absorbed all advice and guidance on creating the perfect entry.

On Wednesday 3rd June at 4pm, David Mulcahy will bring together former NCOTY winner, Russell Bateman and regular judge, Peter Joyner. As well as learning about their work during lockdown, we will focus on how to create a great entry with a special spotlight on photography. Whilst you aren’t being judged on your photography skills, you will want to show your dishes off in the best way possible with really strong images.

Peter and Russell will be revealing how they take stunning food photography to promote their culinary skills online. The session will be relaxed and informal with the opportunity for participants to put questions to all the panel.

For anyone considering entering in 2020, this is an ideal opportunity to ask questions to help your entry and pick up some top tips to impress Paul Ainsworth and the rest of the NCOTY judges.

WEBINAR 4 - link to recording

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Road to recovery - Operating a restaurant post COVID-19 closures

Tuesday 11th August 2020 10am - 11am

It has been several weeks since restaurants reopened their doors following their three month closure. The way the country dines out has changed radically and operating a restaurant has never been more challenging. OpenTable and their guests, Vivek Singh (The Cinnamon Club) and Marcos Fernández Pardo (Ibérica) will talk about how they are adapting, what they have learned and what they are doing differently now, as they get used to the ‘new normal’ and continue their journey on the road to recovery.

Watch out for more planned within the next few months….


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OpenTable Live Webinar: New Ways to Offer Great Hospitality
How to deliver great hospitality with COVID-19 restrictions in place

From wearing masks and social distancing to reduced menus and capacities, new regulations in light of COVID-19 have fundamentally changed the face of hospitality. How do restaurants adjust to the changes and still deliver great hospitality to their diners?
Our guests, Will Beckett of Hawksmoor, UK and John Healy of Suessey Street, Ireland will talk about how they have modified the way they run their businesses and what has changed in their mindset as they adapt to the new normal whilst they continue to delight their diners.

Monday 21st September 2020 - 10am BST

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