Craft Guild of Chefs' Young National Chef of the Year 

Tuesday 2nd October 2018

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Competition commences: 09:30 - 11:30
Awards Ceremony: 16:45 

Young National Chef of the Year is open to chefs aged 18-23 years and sits alongside The National Chef of The Year.

The competition has grown beyond belief, especially since changing the format and opening it up to more young chefs. The format now includes a series of semi-final heats ahead of the live grand final held on the same day and venue as the National Chef of the Year.

Typically four young chefs automatically win a seeded place at the final, made up of winners of young chef competitions from the British Culinary Federation, the Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence, the Craft Guild of Chefs' Graduate Awards highest achiever and WorldSkills.

The remaining six places are made up of the winners of two semi-finals to which up to 20 young chefs from industry wide competitions including The Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Awards, Young Welsh Chef of the Year, Young Scottish Chef of the year, Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Chef, Young Game Chef of the Year, Young Grampian Chef of the Year, Young North East Chef of the Year, North West Young Chef of the Year, South West Young Chef of the Year, will be invited to compete.  

Advancing through the various stages of the competition requires a well thought out menu – and competitors have to pay particular attention to authenticity, sourcing, seasonality, timing and wastage when creating a menu that offers maximum flavour, texture, balance and style. 

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Arron Tye

Sous Chef

Grosvenor Pulford, Pulford

Jamie MacKinnon

Sous Chef

The Seafood Ristorante, St Andrews

Thomas Reeves

Chef De Partie

L'Enclume, Cartmel

Jonathan Ferguson

Chef de Partie

Restaurant Andrew Fairlie, Auchterarder

Aaron Middleton

Sous Chef

The Above Restaurant, London

Henry Wadsworth

Chef de Partie

Le Manoir Aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire

Luke Turner

Demi Chef De Partie

L'Enclume, Cartmel

Supatthra Viriphan

Demi Chef

Chewton Glen Hotel, Hampshire

Gilles Varone

Senior Chef De Partie

Bibendum Restaurant by Claude Bosi, London

Connor Farrer


The Ritz, London