M Restaurants has launched its second Young Chef of the Year competition.
It is searching for talented cooks under the age of 29 who will have the chance to host a five day pop-up at M Victoria in London.
Last year chefs Perry Torrance, 20, and Jack Barwick, 23 (pictured with Michael Reid), were named joint winners of the competition, which is run in association with Bookatable by Michelin and Champagne Pommery. They both triumphed after 10 nights of finalist pop-up evenings at M Victoria St in London, where each chef was scored by judges and paying diners each evening.
This year aspiring young chefs are required to submit a four-course menu at £45 per head together with costings for 50 covers.
The best entrants will be asked to cook a dish for M Group executive chef Michael Reid and guest at rounds held in London and Manchester, before 20 finalists will be invited to cook at a new series of pop up takeover nights from 3-28 July.
Reid said: “The Young Chef of the Year is not only a cooking competition. We mentor finalists on the business side of running a kitchen as well as marketing themselves and their menu – skills that are needed to create a successful career in the hospitality industry.”
During pop-up week entrants’ menus will be judged Reid and M Restaurant owner Martin Williams alongside chefs including Adam Handling, Cyrus Todiwala, Daniel Watkins, Jose Pizarro, Michael Wignall, Richard Bainbridge and Selin Kiazim.
The winner and runner up will receive a five-day pop-up residency each at M RAW, while the overall winner will also receive a trip to Champagne and a set of Kin Knives.
Entries close on 30 April and can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
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