The chefs going through to the Semi-Finals of the South West Young Professional Chef Category, sponsored by Essential Cuisine, have been revealed following a rigorous judging process.
The category of Young Professional Chef, forms part of the overall South West Chef of the Year Competition, which consists of 5 categories, with winners selected from each then battling it out for the overall title in October.
Aged 19-24, the young chefs with a job title up to and including Junior Sous Chef, submitted their entries online, which were then judged in minute detail to select just 8 to make it through to the live cook off.
The 8 semi-finalists are;
Josh Ambridge, Senior Chef de Partie, Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire
Andy Amour, Demi Chef de Partie, The Idle Rocks, St Mawes, Cornwall
John Brimicombe, Chef de Partie, Boringdon Hall Hotel, Plympton, Devon
Cole Harris, Commis Chef, Custom House, Barnstaple, Devon
Sophie Kennard, Chef de Partie, The Swan, Bampton, Devon
Billy Pounsett-Smart, Chef de Partie, Kentisbury Grange, Barnstaple, Devon
Jordan Randerson, Chef de Partie, The Elephant, Torquay, Devon
Jamaar Semper-House, Chef de Partie, Lucknam Park, Bath
Similar to the North West Young Chef Competition, organised by Essential Cuisine, the South West Young Professional Chef category encourages the next generation of chefs to put themselves forward to demonstrate their skills in front of well esteemed judges, and learn from their peers and mentors.
All 8 semi-finalists will compete in the semi-final on Saturday 21st September at Exeter College.
From all of us at Essential Cuisine, and the North West Young Chef Competition, we wish you the very best of luck in the semi-finals.