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Craft Guild of Chefs' Young National Chef of the Year 

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Timings – Registration from 8.00, access to kitchen from 08.30, competition commences from 9.30 till 11.30 with winner being announced at the 4.45pm Awards Ceremony on The Stage

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.

Semi finalists: 

Sheffield Heat One
KEANAN PATTISON, Junior Sous Chef, Rockcliffe Hall 
CHLOE LLOYD-HUGHES, Student, North Warwickshire & South Leicestershire College 
JORDON POWELL, Chef de Partie, South Lodge Hotel 
SAGAR MASSEY, Sous Chef, Mar Hall Golf & Spa Resort 
JESS-MAY GARDINER, Chef de Partie, Elior 
EDWIN KUK, Chef de Partie, The Art School Restaurant 


London Heat Two
GERCELYNN MAE DIONIO, Demi Chef de Partie, Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa 
SION HUGHES, Chef de Partie, Carden Park Hotel & Spa 
BRONWEN JENKINS, Chef de Partie, Royal Garden Hotel 
JACOB GOSSELIN, Student, Longueville Manor Hotel, Jersey 
JOSH AMBRIDGE, Chef de Partie, Lords of the Manor Hotel 
GEORGE HARDING, Senior Chef de Partie, The Atlantic Hotel 
VINCE VERMEULEN, Demi Chef de Partie, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons 
ANETA STYRKACZ, Chef, The Westbury Mayfair 
WILLIAM KEEBLE, Demi Chef de Partie, Whatley Manor Hotel & Spa