Hunt for UK’s best Oriental young chef is back

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The Staff Canteen

Editor 11th September 2014
Leading Oriental grocer Wing Yip has launched its annual search for the country’s finest culinary talent. Now in it's third year, Wing Yip’s Oriental Cookery Young Chef of the Year is a competition open to applicants across the UK, aged between 18 and 25 years, who have a flair for Oriental cuisine and are studying or employed in the catering and hospitality industry. The first stage requires contestants to design and submit an Oriental inspired menu using ingredients of their choice. As part of the prize the chefs will battle it out to win an exclusive trip to Hong Kong where they will sample the region’s culinary delights, work in Michelin-starred restaurants and explore the vibrant street food scene   2014 champion Robert HallLast year House of Commons chef Robert Hall took the title after battling against contestants from Eton College, University College Birmingham, City of Liverpool College and Bentley Motors. Robert said: “The competition was fierce and I’m overwhelmed to have won. I can’t wait to travel to Hong Kong in October where I will be fortunate enough to work alongside Michelin-starred chefs. The experience and skills I will gain at this early stage in my career will be invaluable.” Putting the contestants through their paces will be Peter Griffiths, head judge and President of the British Culinary Federation, Glynn Purnell, Michelin-starred chef and owner of Purnell’s in Birmingham and Larkin Cen, 2013 MasterChef finalist and director of Asian food innovation Hokkei. Peter said: “Getting your first break in the catering industry can be difficult and taking part in competitions like Young Chef can boost your credibility and open doors to a successful career in the industry. Each year we look to raise the bar in terms of standard of entries and last year we attracted a raft of culinary talent from some of the UK’s most renowned establishments and colleges, we hope this year will attract even more as young chefs look to build their skills, knowledge and experience.” Glynn added: “Learning and competing in the field of Oriental cuisine is a great challenge and confidence booster as it requires contestants to think outside the box. It’s an impressive skill to have and even for those who strive for a career in a different style of cooking, competing in other arenas is extremely beneficial and creates a multi-skilled chef.” The most mouth watering menus will be shortlisted and successful applicants will be invited to a Masterchef-style cook-off at the University College Birmingham on Monday, February 16, 2015. Mr Wing Yip, Chairman of Wing Yip, said: “The number of top quality UK restaurants serving Oriental cuisine in the UK continues to grow. Each year I am impressed with the level of talent demonstrated by the contestants and we are extremely proud to support young chefs and encourage them to experiment with the wonderful variety of ingredients and cooking styles found across Oriental cuisine.” For further information and to download an entry form go to www.wingyip.com  

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 11th September 2014

Hunt for UK’s best Oriental young chef is back