Young National Chef of the Year

Semi-finalists Announced

The Craft Guild of Chefs has announced the talented young chefs who will be going forward into the semi finals of this years Young National Chef of the Year competition. 

Young National Chef of the Year is a unique competition set up to celebrate and develop the culinary skills of young British chefs. It draws successful candidates from a wide range of UK-wide chef competitions including the Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Awards, Chaîne des

Rôtisseurs Young Chef, Young Welsh Chef of the Year, Young Scottish Chef of the year, Young Game Chef of the Year, Young Grampian Chef of the Year, Young North East Chef of the Year, South West Young Chef of the Year, The Master Chefs of Great Britain Young Chef of the Year, North West Chef of the Year, Guernsey Young Chef of the Year and UK Skills.

The semi-finalists will now go on to compete on the following dates:

SHEFFIELD - HEAT ONE -  Thursday 11 June - Sheffield City College, Sheffield

Andrew Forbes, Gleneagles

Sean Creamer, Aldea

Daniel Wood, Stocks Hotel, Sark

Jonathan Ferguson, Cail Bruich West

Aaron Tye, Shared Olive Restaurant

Danny Young, Northcote Manor

Arthur Quin, The Punchball Inn

Richie Gavryluk, Trump International Golf Links, Balmedie

LONDON - HEAT TWO - Wednesday 24 June - Le Cordon Bleu, London

Elly Wentworth, Manor House Hotel, Castle Combe

Craig Bateman, Compass Group UK and Ireland

Jack Vassallo, Grosvenor House Hotel

Connor Godfrey, Wiltons Restaurant

Victoria Scupham, The Royal Household

Ruth Hansom, The Ritz

Peter Ley, BaxterStorey

Salvatore Vitale, Deloitte

The top five scorers from the heats will then compete against the three seeded finalists - Danny Hoang from Colettes at The Grove, James Newton from the Royal Garden Hotel and the

winner of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence - at The Restaurant Show on Tuesday 6 October.

This year the Craft Guild of Chefs has launched a mentoring scheme, linking the

competitors with a top British chef, including previous winners of the title. These mentors will also be involved in the finalists Mentor Day which will take place at Unilever Innovation Kitchen in Leatherhead on Monday 7 September.

Steve Munkley, Vice President of the Craft Guild of Chefs and chairman of judges says,: The Young National Chef of the Year is a fantastic platform to showcase our industrys talent and skills.  Since its launch four years ago, the calibre of young chefs coming through this

competition never fails to impress me. With the new mentoring scheme now in place I have very high expectations for this years entrants.

Mark Sargeant, Young National Chef of the Year Ambassador, adds: It's always an absolute pleasure to be involved with YNCOTY and to witness the competition go from strength to strength. Each year the standards get higher and I'm really looking forward to seeing what

talent this years competition brings.

The winner and runners up will be revealed along with The National Chef of the Year at an awards ceremony following the final.

For more information visit or follow @Craft_Guild #YNCOTY on Twitter.


Notes to editors

Craft Guild of Chefs

The Craft Guild of Chefs is the largest UK chefs association with members worldwide in foodservice and hospitality, from students and trainees to top management working everywhere from Michelin starred restaurants to school catering divisions.

For further information, please contact:

Michelle Diederichs       

07814 028 664