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Essential Cuisine

North West
Young Chef of the Year

Entries are now open for 2020

Are you a confident chef aged 25 or younger, and ready to show off your skills and boost your career prospects?

If you are 25 years old or under and passionate about food and can cook a 3 course meal for 2 people using local produce, then sign up below to be notified when entries are open for North West Young Chef of the Year 2020! It is the perfect opportunity to show off your skills and boost your career prospects.


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The competition

The 2020 competition is set for another fantastic year!

Do you tick the following boxes?

  • Aged 25 or under
  • From the North West
  • Works in the foodservice industry
  • Can cook a three-course meal for two
  • Passionate about food

Then you could be crowned North West Young Chef of the Year 2020 and be in win the change of winning the following:

  • The coveted title of North West Young Chef of the Year
  • £500 cash
  • Automatic qualification into Young National Chef of the Year Semi-final (29th September 2020)
  • An invaluable training package from CPL Online
  • Essential Cuisine product bundle worth over £150 

"The talent of these young chefs never fails to amaze me! It is incredible to help the future generation of chefs. We are incredibly proud to be entering our 20th year of the competition, we can't wait to see the talent that comes to the table!" Chairman of judges, Brian Mellor

Key dates

Semi Final 1: Blackpool and the Flyde College – Wednesday 25th March

Semi Final 2 and 3: Warrington College – Wednesday 1st April

Grand Final: Ellesmere Port South and West College – Wednesday 13th May

Hints & Tips

It is hugely important to understand why you are cooking your menu and spend some time looking at seasons and your own region's local foods. The judges will want to hear about your knowledge of the subject not just your cooking ability.
During the competition, you WILL be asked where you have sourced your ingredients from. On the entry form, provide evidence of your local and seasonal produce. Remember - the paper judging stage will focus on this evidence.
It is important to demonstrate your skills during the cook off. The more skills you demonstrate on the day, the more points the judges will be able to award.
Don’t leave it to the last minute; be organised and proud of your application. Ask your mentors and colleagues for feedback.


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