The British Culinary Federation (BCF) has opened entries for its 2016 Chef of the Year competition.
It is seeking chefs from across the UK to compete for the title, with the winner receiving £2,500, a Grant SV stirring unit and dinner for two at a Michelin-starred restaurant. The winner will also be given the opportunity to join the English National Culinary team as it takes part in the Culinary World Cup in Erfurt, Germany, in October.
The winner will join an exclusive roster of chefs, including Luke Tipping and Matt Cheal from the Michelin-starred restaurant, Simpsons, chefs Simon Hulstone and Richard Turner, and past UK Bocuse d'Or representative Adam Bennett.
Former winner Adam Handling will join a high profile judging panel which features Ashley Palmer-Watts, Sat Bains, Brian Turner and Roger Narbett.
They will be looking for chefs who can demonstrate precision in preparation, be inventive in presentation and produce an astounding taste using the British ingredients.
Those who are shortlisted will take part in a semi-final cook-off at University College Birmingham on 22 February, followed by a Butchery Workshop on 21 March. The final will take place on 11 April at University College Birmingham.
Organiser Peter Griffiths said: "The interest and excitement for the competition has already started to build and we are delighted to be continuing our special partnership with Aubrey Allen, the chefs' butcher, AHDB Beef & Lamb and Grant sous vide."