The Search for the UK’s Top Young Chef Talent is on!


Craft Guild of Chefs launches Young National Chef of the Year

The Craft Guild of Chefs is seeking the next generation of talent with the launch of its annual Young National Chef of the Year competition.

Young National Chef of the Year represents the most talented pool of young chefs in the UK, taking in the winners of young chef competitions from the British Culinary Federation, the Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence, World Skills UK and the Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Awards.

These winners are automatically seeded a place in the final. The remaining six finalists will be revealed following the semi-finals, to which 20 young chefs from recognised, industry competitions will be invited to compete. The semi-finals will be held at Sheffield College on Tuesday June 11 and at Le Cordon Bleu in London on June 18 to coincide with The National Chef of the Year semi-finals.

David Mulcahy, the competition organiser and vice president of the Craft Guild of Chefs, says, “Young National Chef of the Year supersedes all other young chef contests as it brings together those identified as the best young chefs in the industry and gives them a platform on which to build their future careers. Not only does it celebrate young talent but it ensures that the young chefs are mentored and supported throughout, enabling them to achieve their best in the final. Winning Young National Chef of the Year firmly establishes a chef as a rising star of the culinary world both in the UK and beyond.

Semi Finalists Announced:

Sheffield Heat One
KEANAN PATTISON Junior Sous Chef, Rockcliffe Hall
BETHAN DISLEY-JONES Apprentice Pastry Chef, The Art School, Liverpool
JORDON POWELL Chef de Partie, South Lodge Hotel
SAGAR MASSEY Sous Chef, Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort
JESS-MAY GARDINER Chef de Partie, Elior
EDWIN KUK Chef de Partie, The Art School Restaurant

London Heat Two
GERCELYNN MAE DIONIO Demi Chef de Partie, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa
SION HUGHES Chef de Partie, Carden Park Hotel & Spa
BRONWEN JENKINS Chef de Partie, Royal Garden Hotel
JACOB GOSSELIN Student, Longueville Manor Hotel, Jersey
JOSH AMBRIDGE Chef de Partie, Lords of the Manor Hotel
GEORGE HARDING Senior Chef de Partie, The Atlantic Hotel
VINCE VERMEULEN Demi Chef de Partie, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons
ANETA STYRKACZ Chef, The Westbury Mayfair
WILLIAM KEEBLE Demi Chef de Partie, Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa


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