The entries are now open for North West Young Chef 2016, run by Essential Cuisine, and the region’s best cooks are being encouraged to give it a go.
The competition invites chefs, aged 23 or under, from across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria and, newly-added-for-2016, Shropshire, to take part in a series of local cook-offs to produce a restaurant quality, three-course meal for two.
Regional heats are set to take place in March and April with six candidates going through to the grand final in May.
As well as being crowned the North West Young Chef of the Year, the overall winner will receive £500, a set of professional knives and a semi-final seed into the coveted Craft Guild of Chef’s Young National Chef of the Year Competition.
Prior to the final, regional heat winners will also get to attend a masterclass with an acclaimed chef. Last year six finalists were treated to a session with Mark Birchall, who splits his time as head chef between Manchester’s The French and L’Enclume, both owned by Simon Rogan.
Essential Cuisine managing director and NWYC judge, Nigel Crane, comments: “Nothing trumps the sheer thrill of competitive cookery and in North West Young Chef we have a competition like no other – a showcase to uncover and reward some of the area’s brightest young talent.
“In 2016 we welcome Shropshire into the mix – the judges are excited to see what lies in store from there – their inclusion should make for an even stronger competitive set. I urge any young chefs keen to sharpen their skills in the heat of the North West Young Chef spotlight to enter today, as this is where it could all begin for you.”