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Essential Cuisine

North West
Young Chef of the Year

Entries are now closed for 2019

Are you a confident chef aged 24 or younger, and ready to show off your skills and boost your career prospects?

If you are 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 so far

The 2019 competition is well underway following the semi-finals, with three outstanding young chefs – and three ‘wildcard’ judges picks; those deemed simply too good to not progress – making the grade.

The three semi-finalist winners for 2019 were crowned as Adam Green from Twelve Restaurant and Lounge Bar (Lancashire), Bethan Disley-Jones from The Art School (Liverpool), and Sean Noonan from The Griffin Inn (Lancashire).

The three remaining judges picks chosen as Jan Vrancken from The Cartford Inn (Preston), Oliver Fitton-Thomas from The Ryebeck Hotel (Cumbria), and Edwin Kuk from The Art School (Liverpool).

A Masterclass will now take place on 8th May, where the finalists will be treated to a top chef demonstration and lunch at Mana Restaurant, Manchester; a last chance opportunity to ask questions of the judges before the Final.

The Final and awards dinner will take place on 15th May, and will see the six chefs cook their three course meals for the guest judges, who include Great British Menu star Ellis Barrie, and Vice President of the prestigious British Culinary Federation Matt Davies.

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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