The National Chef of the Year 2013 competition is now open for entries as the Craft Guild of Chefs begins its search for the next winner of the prestigious industry award.
The competition, now in its fifth decade, is recognised as the annual search for a UK chef that stands out from the crowd in terms of skill, passion and creativity and who will follow in the footsteps of Gordon Ramsay, Simon Hulstone, Mark Sargeant, Frederick Forster and last year's winner Alyn Williams.
As well as national acclaim, those that take the title walk away with an impressive haul of prizes including cash, an exclusive study trip with dinner at a three-Michelin starred restaurant in France, a second study trip to Norway, masterclasses with industry greats and specialist chef's products and equipment.
David Mulcahy, organiser of the competition and vic- president of the Craft Guild of Chefs, said they were particularly keen to embrace diversity on all levels this year.
"We'd like to see chefs from all different backgrounds enter the competition this year and we have a fantastic team of ambassadors to help achieve this aim.
"Joining chairman of judges Philip Howard, we have Angela Hartnett, chef proprietor of Murano, Michelin-starred Atul Kochhar and myself, who all hope to make this year's competition the best one yet."
The initial paper judging of the entries takes place on 13 May, followed by semi-finals at Sheffield College on 19 June and the University of West London on the 2 and 3 July.
For full details and to download an application form, visit www.craftguildofchefs.org or call Clair Bowman on 01293 610329 or follow @NCOTY_2013 on Twitter.
By Lisa Jenkins
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