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
  • 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
  • Young Welsh Chef of the Year• UK Skills runner up
  • Craft Guild of Chefs Graduate Award

See the full brief here...

Meet our 2021 Finalists:

  • Matt Nicholls, sous chef, Cheal's of Henley, Warwickshire
  • Daniel Cornish, senior chef de partie, Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxford
  • Stephen Naylor, junior sous chef, Restaurant Story, London
  • Owen Connell, chef de partie, Träkol restaurant at By the River Brew Co, Hillgate Quays, Newcastle
  • Robert McCreerybreen, chef de partie, Paul Ainsworth at No6
  • Ieuan Andrew Davies, chef de partie, Castle Inn, Wiltshire
  • Sagar Massey, Junior Sous Chef, Rusacks Hotel, St Andrews
  • Joshua Rooney, chef de partie, Paul Ainsworth at No.6
  • Keaton Cooper, commis chef, The Angel at Hetton, Skipton
  • Bethan Disley-Jones, junior sous pastry, The Art School Restaurant, Liverpool

Find out more about our finalists here...

Hear what our winners had to say...

YNCOTY Title Holders

  • 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