The Wing Yip Oriental Cookery Young Chef of the Year competition is now open for entries.
There are two stages to the competition; the first, a written entry including an Oriental recipe of choice and stage two, where selected finalists must take part in a live cook-off at University College Birmingham (UCB) on Wednesday 28 March 2018.
The winner of the competition will win the title and a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Hong Kong, including culinary work experience in some of the city’s top restaurants.
Judges include Peter Griffiths, president of the British Culinary Federation, Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell and MasterChef finalist Woky Ko, founder of Larkin Cen.
“For up and coming chefs this is an incredible opportunity to cook for a panel of well-known and credible chefs in the industry as well as gain experience and exposure through the live cook-off challenge, said Griffiths.
“We will all be looking for dishes that are creative, using modern techniques and authentic flavours that show a real wow factor.
Last year’s winner Aaron McLaughlin, catering chef at Lincoln’s Inn, recently returned from his experience in Hong Kong, and added: “Young Chef has been an incredible journey for me. The prize trip to Hong Kong was such an unbelievable opportunity and an experience I will never forget.
“Working in the city’s finest kitchens, such as the three-Michelin-starred restaurant Bo Innovation and the Hong Kong Jockey Club was incredible. I learnt new skills and techniques from some of Hong Kong’s top chefs!
“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this competition to all young chefs looking to progress in their career.”
To enter, applicants must submit an Oriental main course recipe of their choice with the most imaginative menus shortlisted for the live cook-off where they will cook their own dish for the judges as well as a set recipe provided by Larkin Cen.
Wing Yip director Brian Yip commented: “The competition has firmly established itself on the culinary calendar. It offers an incredibly exciting opportunity for up-and-coming chefs to gain experience in oriental cooking, gain knowledge from top chefs and compete to win an unforgettable experience in Hong Kong.
“Good luck to everyone who enters this year, it’s a tough competition but it’s incredibly worthwhile if only to get in front of the judging panel who are all incredibly talented and knowledgeable – we’re very privileged to have their support.”
Entry forms can be downloaded at www.wingyip.com/young-chef
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