The organisers of the British Culinary Federation (BCF) Chef of the Year 2016 have announced the semi-finalists for the prestigious competition.
The cook-off will take place on 22 February at University College Birmingham, with the finalists being judged on 11 April.
Judges at the final will include two-Michelin-starred chefs Ashley Palmer Watts and Sat Bains, Academy of Culinary Arts president Brian Turner, 2014 BCF Chef of the Year Adam Handling, and Roger Narbett MCA.
The ultimate BCF Chef of the Year will win £2,500 and the opportunity to join England's National Culinary Team who will be competing in Erfurt, Germany, at the Culinary Olympics in October.
BCF Chef of the Year is supported by Aubrey Allen, AHDB and Grant Sous Vide.
Jacob Robinson, Corrigan's, Mayfair, London
Alexandr Radetchi, Restaurant Story, London
John Larkin, Tom's Kitchen, London
Andy Wright, Restaurant 23, Leamington Spa
Carlos Martinez, The Stafford, London
Brett Connor, Swinfen Hall, Staffordshire
Greg Newman, Foxhill Manor, The Cotswolds
Byron Franklin, Clare College, Cambridge
Martin Carabott, RAC Club, London
Jamie Park, Adam Handling at Caxton, London
Richard Cullen, Cullen's Restaurant, Staffordshire
Paul O'Malley, Culcreuch Castle, near Fintry, Scotland
Mathew Shropshall, University College Birmingham
Imthiaz Kader, Hotel 41, Rubens at the Palace, London
James Buckley, Levy Restaurants, ExCeL London
John Grabecki, BNY Mellon, London
Gary Kilminster, Essential Cuisine, Cheshire
Alex Dome, Petersham Nurseries, Richmond