The Craft Guild of Chefs has begun its search for the next Young National Chef of the Year (YNCOTY) following Ruth Hansom's win in October.
Two semi-finals will be held at Sheffield College on 6 June and a second at Le Cordon Bleu Cookery School in London on 20 June.
To secure a place in the semi-final, young chefs must have already showcased their skills in one of the competitions below within the last year:
- South West Young Chef of the Year
- The Master Chefs of Great Britain Young Chef of the Year
- UK Skills runner up
- Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Chef
- Guernsey Young Chef of the Year
- Young Scottish Chef of the Year @ Scot hot
- Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Awards 2016 achievers
- Junior Chef of Wales bi-annual competition
- North West Chef of the Year
- Young Grampian Chef of the Year
- Young North East Chef of the Year
The winners from the British Culinary Federation, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence, World Skills UK and the Craft Guild of Chefs' Graduate Award will be automatically given a place in the final.
To celebrate the start of the search, current YNCOTY Ruth Hansom has launched the Craft Guild of Chefs' new Snapchat channel. It aims to increase engagement with young chefs. Hansom will be using the channel to share insights into her working life.
You can follow the channel on the SnapChat app by adding craftguildchefs or using this code:
Hansom said: "After four years of being involved in YNCOTY it really does seem like a family. From the second you make the semi-finals, you are introduced to the amazing organisers and suppliers who help you grow and develop and they have now become good friends of mine.
"The competition has given me some amazing experiences, like traveling to Madrid and Norway, as well as cooking for Michel Roux Jr. It's going to feel so strange not competing this year, which is why I am so excited to be involved in the launch and share my story and experience through Snapchat. It's great to see the Craft Guild of Chefs engaging with young chefs in this way."
David Mulcahy, YNCOTY competition organiser and vice-president of the Craft Guild of Chefs said: "Ruth is a huge ambassador for the competition and someone who has demonstrated you never give up on your goals. She was a hugely popular winner across the industry last year and someone I'm confident we'll see in the senior competition one day. That's why we're so delighted she is officially launching the Young Chef of the Year 2018 competition. Make sure you login to Snapchat and follow her story."
The Young National Chef of the Year winner will be announced following the live cook-off at the Restaurant Show on Tuesday 3 October 2017.
Young National Chef of the Year is run in partnership with KNORR in association with Lockhart Catering Equipment, Churchill, Mash, Nespresso and Norwegian Seafood.
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