The Search for the UK’s Top Young Chef Talent is on!
Young National Chef of the Year surpasses all other young chef contests, bringing together those identified as the best young chefs in the industry and gives them a platform on which to build their future careers. Winning YNCOTY firmly establishes a chef as a rising star of the culinary world both in the UK and beyond. Being crowned as Young National Chef of the Year is a highly sought after prize, but as well as going home with this prestigious accolade, the winner will also receive some incredible stagiaires and PR opportunities that will truly raise their profile in the industry.
The format of YNCOTY will remain a ‘by invitation only’ competition. Where the following, accredited professional chef associations will put forward their preferred candidate. By doing so, the organisers are confident they will find ten chefs who are at the top of their game and should be celebrated in the national spotlight.
- South West Young Chef of the Year
- The Master Chefs of Great Britain
- BCF Young Chef of the Year
- Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Chef
- North West Chef of the Year
- Young Scottish Chef of the Year
- Young North East Chef of the Year
- Guernsey Young Chef of the Year
- Junior Chef of Wales
- UK Skills runner up
- Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Award
- Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence
- Sustainable Seafood Chef of the Year
- CSCAT Young Chef
2022 Brief will be revealed on 1st July 2022, follow us on our social channels for full details.
Hear what our winners had to say...
- "Winning Young National Chef of the Year felt unbelievable. It was amazing to compete against other great professionals from across the country. It proves that hard work pays off and I would encourage any aspiring chefs to take part in this fantastic competition. The experience of developing dishes using sustainable ingredients was a great challenge and one which was both exciting and relevant."
- I still can't believe that I have won YNCOTY - I really didn't expect it! It's a huge honour, particularly given the standard of the other chefs in the final and being such a prestigious competition this can only benefit my career. I can't thank the Craft Guild, judges and sponsors enough. I am excited to see what will happen in the next stage of my career.
- “Winning Young National Chef of the Year was the best feeling in the world. It proves that if you work hard and dedicate yourself to the challenge, anything is possible. I feel incredible honoured and look at this as a stepping stone to hopefully even greater achievements.”
- “It is the greatest honour to be named YNCOTY and to be recognised by the judges and my peers. All of the contestants work incredibly hard to get to this level and to have won, among such strong competition, was amazing. I recommend to any ambitious chef to enter such competitions - the hard work really pays off, whether your win or lose - its a great experience.”
- “It is great to be able to bring the title of National Young Chef of the Year not only to Northcote but to my home county of Lancashire. I am so proud and grateful to have achieved this award for not only myself but for Northcote as well. As many will know I started my career at Northcote as an apprentice and I want to ensure that this award encourages the current and next generation of apprentices to see that hard work, determination and passion go a long way in achieving your own personal goals within the industry. The award has already brought a buzz and excitement to my personal career with the opportunities, contacts and experience that I have gained from it”
- “I can’t put into words how amazing it feels. I’m so happy to have won. I’ve come second in the past and knew that I really wanted to win this year.”
- “Being seeded into the live final of the Young National Chef of the Year competition was an honour in itself but to go on to win it was more than I could ever have hoped. I loved every part of this competition and have had some incredible opportunities since winning but there’s still plenty more to come. If you are looking to get your name seen and heard, this is definitely a competition to be part of.”
- “Taking part in the competition was both challenging and rewarding and winning Young National Chef of the Year was the icing on the cake. I’ve learnt a lot and it certainly helped me grow in confidence as a chef. I’d definitely encourage my peers to take part.”
- “Winning Young National Chef of the Year was a career highlight, the experience of taking part is something that I’ll never forget and I’d recommend it to any chef serious about competitive cooking. It’s both a stepping stone to senior competitions and a great confidence boost.”
YNCOTY Title Holders
- 2022 Daniel Cornish
- 2021 Edwin Kuk
- 2020 William Keeble
- 2019 Henry Wadsworth
- 2018 Danny Young
- 2017 Ruth Hansom
- 2013 Ben Champkin
- 2012 Charles Smith
- 2016 Danny Hoang
- 2014 Luke Selby