Young National Chef of the Year 2014 open for entries

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The Craft Guild of Chefs competition, Young National Chef of the Year, is again on the lookout for the latest up and coming talent in the culinary world with entries now being accepted for the 2014 edition.

Following the success of last year’s format, the winners of young chef competitions from the British Culinary Federation, the Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence, World Skills UK and the Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Awards will automatically be seeded a place in the final.

The remaining four spots will be made up by winners of two semi finals with up to 20 young chefs being invited to take part. Those dates have been correlated with the National Chef of the Year competition with one semi final to take place in Sheffield on 10 June and another in London on 25 June.

Ben Champkin from the Elephant in Torquay won last year’s edition and he said: “Winning the Young National Chef of the Year was a career highlight, the experience of taking part is something that I’ll never forget and I’d recommend it to any chef serious about competitive cooking. It’s both a stepping stone to senior competitions and a great confidence boost.”

As well as national acclaim, Young National Chef of the Year 2014 will receive a package of prizes, including the chance to take part in study trips. For his prize, Ben will be heading off to Scotland this spring where he will undertake a range of industry experiences.

David Mulcahy, the competition organiser and vice president of the Craft Guild of Chefs, said: “The standard of last year’s competition was fantastic and the judges were blown away by the skills demonstrated by the finalists. It’s inspiring to see these youngsters competing at this level and I can’t wait to see this year’s talent.”

The winner will be revealed along with the National Chef of the Year 2014 at an awards ceremony following The Restaurant Show on 7 October. For further information on how to get involved, visit the Craft Guild website or contact Clair Bowman on 01293 610 329.

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Editor 5th March 2014

Young National Chef of the Year 2014 open for entries