The search to find the most-skilled young chef in the UK gets underway

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The Craft Guild of Chefs

Premium Supplier 27th March 2018

The search to find the most-skilled young chef in the UK gets underway

⁣The Craft Guild of Chefs has launched its hunt to find ten young chefs to put their
skills to the test in The Young National Chef of the Year final. As well as
revealing which competitions the semi-finalists will be seeded from, the
organisers have also uncovered a challenging brief set to truly test the
culinary skills of those cooking at the heats in June.

With a hugely anticipated wedding taking place on the 19th May and with
the Craft Guild of Chefs being under Royal Patronage, the Guild is looking for
dishes that would impress both the Royal family and some of the toughest chef
judges in the country. Semi-finalists have been tasked with devising a
celebratory two-course lunch menu reflecting the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince
Harry and Meghan Markle. Chefs are given the freedom to interpret the lunch in
their own way, but the main course and dessert must be produced and served
within 90 minutes.

The organiser of Young National Chef of the Year and Vice-President of the Craft
Guild of Chefs, David Mulcahy said: “To even be considered for a semi-final
spot, a chef must already have been recognised in our industry or have been
pushed into the culinary spotlight. We’re looking for the best young talent to
cook in the final which is why we work with so many well-respected culinary
competitions around the UK to seek out the chefs who have the skills to face
this challenge. When planning their menus, we want competitors to focus on the
sourcing of ingredients and seasonality, whilst the judges will be looking for
good use of skills and innovation.”

The YNCOTY semi-finals will take place at Sheffield City College on Tuesday, 12th
June and at Le Cordon Bleu in London on Tuesday, 19th June 2018. To earn a
place in the semi-final, chefs must already have seen success in another UK culinary
competition or have been invited to take one of the much sought-after wild-card
spots. As part of the launch, the Guild has confirmed the six competitions in
which semi-finalists will be seeded from: -

The South West Young Chef of the Year

The North West Chef of the Year

Young North East Chef of the Year

UK Skills runner-up

Achievers of the Graduate Awards Kitchen Exam
The Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Chef.

The overall winners from the British Culinary Federation, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence, World Skills UK and the Craft Guild of Chefs’ Graduate Awards will be automatically seeded a place in the final at The Restaurant Show on Tuesday, 2nd October 2018.

It has been announced that former winner of both the young and senior title, Mark Sargeant will continue his role as the ambassador for the competition and he said: “Working on Young National Chef of the Year is a role I love. The standard of cooking is always impressive, and I think this is down to the way we select the finalists, as well as the mentoring and support they receive from the wider industry, especially the judges. This competition has helped create some of today’s biggest young stars including Danny Hoang, Ruth Hansom, Luke Selby and most-recently, Danny Young. I have high hopes and expectations for the skills that will be shown at this year’s semi-finals and final and can’t
wait to taste the dishes.”

The Young National Chef of the Year is run in partnership with KNORR and is supported by Mash, Norwegian Seafood, Quorn Foods and Churchill. It is hosted at Le Cordon Bleu, Sheffield City College and The Restaurant Show.

Chefs can see all the competition action by following the hashtag #YNCOTY, @Craft_Guild on Twitter and @craftguildofchefs on Instagram.

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