Claridges chef Matthew Ambrose has been named as the eighth finalist of this year's Young National Chef of the Year.
Ambrose was announced as the last finalist of the Craft Guild of Chefs annual competition at the http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.co.uk/Articles/16/7/2013/349244/le-manoir-claridges-and-the-ritz-turn-out-young-winners-of-annual-awards-of-excellence-2013.htm" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer">Royal Academy of Culinary Arts' Annual Awards of Excellence dinner](http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.co.uk/Articles/16/7/2013/349244/le-manoir-claridges-and-the-ritz-turn-out-young-winners-of-annual-awards-of-excellence-2013.htm), held last night at the Royal Horseguards hotel in London.
Now in its fourth year, the competition is open to 18 to 23-year-old chefs from any sector of the industry, including hotels, restaurants, pubs and contract catering, and complements the main National Chef of the Year contest.
A change in format this year meant that the Guild picked just four chefs to automatically go through to the grand final, while the remaining four places were fought for in a series of semi-finals by winners made up of young chefs from industry wide competitions.
Young National Chef of the Year is run in partnership with Knorr and in association with Lockhart Catering Equipment and Churchill, and the final cook-off will take place at the Restaurant Show on 8 October.
The Young National Chef of the Year 2013 finalists are:
Rory Welch, Broad Chard Pub, Newcastle
Danny Hoang, Viajante, London
David Alexander Squire, Danesfield House, Marlow
Ruth Hansom, Boundary Restaurant, London
Ben Champkin, the Elephant restaurant, Torquay
Louisa May Matthews, Eton College, Sodexo
Daniel Akrigg, Rogan & Company
Matthew Ambrose, Claridges
Le Manoir, Claridges and the Ritz turn out young winners of Annual Awards of Excellence 2013 >>