Craft Guild of Chefs searching for The National Chef of the Year 2020

National Chef of the Year winner Kuba Winkowski
National Chef of the Year winner Kuba Winkowski

Chefs to produce a creative summer lunch in two hours!

IT may be cold outside but the Craft Guild of Chefs is on the look-out for the next budding chef.

The menu must consist of the perfect egg dish starter served hot. This must be suitable for a spring/summer menu and be perfectly balanced. Judges are looking for a beef main course to include two cuts and two cooking methods.

The beef must be sourced from the UK and competitors should indicate the breed of beef, farm sourced from and maturation period.

For the dessert, chefs must create a delicious chocolate tart incorporating or garnished with seasonal fruits. Chefs are advised to focus on skills, creating the perfect pastry, filling, texture and overall execution of dessert.  

The brief was outlined by Gary Jones, executive head chef at Belmond Le Manoir, who was invited to return as Chair of judges for a third year.

“Nothing represents nature more than the purity of an egg, it’s also incredibly versatile, as well as an economical ingredient, so practise and development won’t cost the earth,” said Jones.

Adding, the dessert will test the chef’s skill in balancing the pastry, chocolate and fruit elements.

“I’m passionate about building skills and seeing our industry becoming ever stronger. We have some brilliant chefs in the UK and NCOTY allows them to demonstrate their creativity and showcase their talent.”

The National Chef of the Year is open to chefs who are 24 years or older as of February 1st, 2019.

The chefs can be working in any area of the hospitality business – hotels, restaurants, pubs, contract catering, fine dining, private and public sectors. They can be working in the UK or overseas.

The deadline for entry is 22 March 2019. A shortlist of 40 chefs for the semi-finals will be revealed on 17 May 2019.

The heats will take place at Sheffield College on 11 June 2019 and at Le Cordon Bleu in London on 18 June 2019. Ten chefs will go through to the National Chef of the Year final, which takes place at The Restaurant Show on 1 October 2019.

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