The deadline for the National Chef of the Year 2017 competition has been extended.
The Craft Guild of Chefs will now accept online entries until Friday 15 April.
David Mulcahy, vice-president of the Craft Guild of Chefs said: "We know what a challenge preparing the perfect entry can be, so along with the decision to extend the deadline we're also releasing some valuable advice.
"The guidance comes straight from the National Chef of the Year Hall of Fame, with advice from several successful chefs including Alyn Williams, Mark Sargeant and the current title-holder Larry Jayasekara. We've distilled the expertise of these industry leaders into a series of succinct top tips on what it takes to win, starting with advice on a winning entry form. We'd advise anyone who has yet to enter to refer to the tips and really try to apply them to their own entry in order to give themselves the best possible chance of success."
The seven expert tips, plus more in-depth advice can all be found on the dedicated website at www.nationalchefoftheyear.co.uk.
A shortlist of 40 chefs for the semi-finals will be revealed on 24 May following the paper judging.
This year's heats will take place at Sheffield College on Tuesday 14 June, and at Le Cordon Bleu in London on Wednesday 22 June.
Only 10 chefs will go through to the National Chef of the Year final, which takes place at the Restaurant Show on Tuesday 4 October.