The Craft Guild of Chefs has launched its search for this year's Young National Chef of the Year 2016, announcing the 15 competitions the finalists and semi-finalists will be chosen from.
Six places in the final will be automatically taken from the overall winners of the British Culinary Federation's young chef contest, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence, World Skills UK and the Craft Guild of Chefs' Graduate Award.
The semi-finals, which will take place at Sheffield College on 14 June and at Le Cordon Bleu Cookery School on 22 June, will then be populated from the winning chefs of the following:
South West Young Chef of the Year
The Master Chefs of Great Britain Young Chef of the Year
Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Chef
North West Chef of the Year
Young Scottish Chef of the Year
Young North East Chef of the Year
Guernsey Young Chef of the Year
Young Welsh Chef of the Year
Young Game Chef of the Year
Young Grampian Chef of the Year
UK Skills runner up
Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Awards
The contest is open to chefs aged 18 to 23 and is the younger sibling of the Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year competition.
The semi-finals of Young National Chef of the Year will coincide with those of National Chef of the Year, with the winners of both competitions set to be announced following a ceremony at the Restaurant Show on 4 October.
Last year's winner was Danny Hoang, and in 2014 Luke Selby claimed the prize.
David Mulcahy, the competition organiser and vice-president of the Craft Guild of Chefs, said: "The standard of dishes served up by young chefs impresses the judges year on year, which is why we seed through only the highest calibre of young talent the UK has to offer. All semi-finalists will already have been put through their paces and should be ready to take on the challenge of becoming Young National Chef of the Year.
"Winning Young National Chef of the Year firmly establishes a chef as a rising star of the culinary world both in the UK and beyond."
Mark Sargeant, Young National Chef of the Year ambassador and former winner of both Young National Chef of the Year and National Chef of the Year, commented: "It's always an absolute pleasure to be involved and to witness the competition go from strength to strength. Each year the standards get higher."