The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs has announced the winners of its UK Young Chef of the Year and UK Young Sommelier of the Year awards, presented at the Dorchester hotel earlier this week.
Joe Gould from Lainston House hotel in Winchester won the Young Chef of the Year title, while Mathias Camilleri from Medlar in London's Chelsea picked up the Young Sommelier award.
Gould will now go on to represent the UK at the International Finals, where he will compete against seven of his peers for the global Young Chef title.
The UK chef competition took place earlier this month and each competitor was given previously unidentified, identical baskets containing a range of ingredients. They were then challenged to put together a winning three-course menu.
Head of judges, Daniel Galmiche of the Vineyard Stockcross, commented on the finalists' menus: "Judging the finalists' entries was no easy task, each contestant had something exciting and admirable to offer, but Joe stood out to be our winner and it was a pleasure to award him with the title.
"The Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Chef of the Year Competition is an ideal springboard for these young professionals, they have the exclusive chance to compete in high-pressure situations, which teaches them worthwhile lessons and gives them valuable experience."
Gould will head out to Budapest, Hungary for the international Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Young Chef of the Year Competition, on 11 September.
Meanwhile, Camilleri was the eighth person to win the UK sommelier title and will go on to represent Britain in Adelaide in Australia on 25 September.
He won the top spot in the UK after a skill showcase at the Gaggenau showroom in London earlier this month.
Each competitor was tested on theory, service and blind tasting, which required the contestants to demonstrate composure and confidence as they competed under pressure. The standard for this year was said to be so high that four competitors were selected for final consideration, rather than the traditional three.
"Every single year we witness such an inspiring performance from our young professionals, which is testament to the development opportunities that the hospitality industry offers to young people who show dedication to the sector. It is a commitment the ChaÁ®ne is proud to help drive through initiatives like the Young Professionals Awards."
The ChaÁ®ne des Rôtisseurs is an international gastronomic society. Founded in Paris in 1950, the society is dedicated to bringing together professional and non-professional members from around the world who appreciate wine cuisine and fine dining.