The organising team behind the North West Young Chef of the Year has made the decision to postpone the 20th edition of the competition to ensure the safety and well-being of chef competitors and all related stakeholders during the Covid-19 outbreak.
The competition, held in association with Essential Cuisine, Sous Vide Tools, CHR Equipment and hospitality training provider CPL Online, was to stage three semi-finals between 25 March and 1 April, with a final set for 13 May.
Chairman of the judging panel Brian Mellor,explained: "This decision has been taken jointly with the organisers and was made in the interests of the health and safety of everyone involved.
"We know this will come as a blow to our young contestants – 2020 was a record-breaking year for entries – but we feel it's the absolute right thing to do. Once we are in a position to go again, your place stands and will be honoured. We would like to thank everyone – chefs, judges, sponsors, mentors – for their support at this difficult and unprecedented time."