The hunt has started for the National Chef of the Year 2012, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
Past winners of the competition, which is organised by the Craft Guild of Chefs and is open to chefs from across the industry who are 23 or older, have included such luminaries as Gordon Ramsay, Simon Hulstone and Hrishikesh Desai.
Would-be winners need to submit their recipe ideas for a three-course meal for four by Friday, 20 April. As well as flavour, texture, balance and style, they are advised to pay particular attention to authenticity, sourcing, seasonality, timing and wastage when creating their menus.
Continuing the multi-cultural theme introduced in recent years, the categories are divided into Asian/Oriental, Modern British/European and Rest of the World/Other
Forty entrants will be shortlisted to compete in the semi-finals at Sheffield College (19 June) and Westminster Kingsway College (26 June) to win a place at the finals, which will be held on 9 October at the Restaurant Show in Earl's Court, London.
To enter the contest, download an application form from www.craftguildofchefs.org](http://www.craftguildofchefs.org), contact Clair Bowman on 01293 610 329 or follow @NCOTY_2012 on Twitter.
By Angela Frewin
E-mail your comments to Caterer Products here.
If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/tabletalk
Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with Catererandhotelkeeper.com jobs