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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.



Why you should enter?

  • Take on the best young talent in the North West
  • Receive valuable feedback and mentoring
  • Build relationships with your peer group
  • Gain valuable competition experience
  • Acclaimed chef masterclass for all finalists

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Words from a winner

2018’s Winner was Cyril Gabriel from Carden Park Hotel. Speaking about his success, Cyril said “the whole experience of the competition has enabled me to progress in my career as a professional chef, I have grown in confidence, not only behind the stove but as a person on the whole. Thanks to the organisers and judges for giving us the opportunity to showcase our talents and most of all our passion for the industry.”

Benefits for the winner

The winner will become the North West Young Chef of the Year, and gain automatic entry into the semi-final of the Craft Guild of Chef’s National Young Chef Competition. The winner will also receive £500 cash prize, a demo slot at Northern Restaurant and Bar Live 2020, a set of Robert Welch professional knives, a portable induction hob courtesy of CHR, and an overnight stay at the stunning Mere Hotel and Spa in Cheshire.

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.

A word from the Chairman of Judges Brian Mellor

Since it’s inception, the competition has gone from strength to strength; the levels of skill, the innovation, the sheer professionalism of these young chef - the bar keeps being raised with every passing year!
As judges we can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store!

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