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 12 and at Le Cordon Bleu in London on June 19 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.

Mark Sargeant, Young National Chef of the Year 1996 will continue in his role as Young National Chef of the Year Ambassador and has high expectations.

Criteria for this year’s Young National Chef of the Year:

The Craft Guild of Chefs is under Royal Patronage and this year sees the marriage of young royals HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. We would like to invite you to create a celebratory two course lunch menu reflecting this event. You have freedom to interpret the lunch you would create, perhaps an international theme given different background of both Harry and Meghan or a Best of British approach, the choice is yours.

Competitors are allowed ninety (90) minutes to produce two (2) plated portions of a two course meal.

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