Young guns go for glory in NW Young Chef Finals

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The six regional finalists in the North West Chef of the Year competition have been revealed as they prepare to battle it out in the final held in May.

The competition, run by Essential Cuisine, saw each finalist emerge victorious from the regional cook-offs, held across the North West of England in March and April. The six will now go head to head in the final in May, creating three local and seasonal dishes in a bid to wow the judges and scoop the coveted title.

The winner will also receive £500 and then automatically qualify for the semi-finals of the Young National Chef of the Year competition, where they will have to prove their skills against some of the best cooks in the country.

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In the lead up to the May final, the six finalists will also take part in a masterclass, shadowing chefs at The Midland Hotel, before having lunch at Simon Rogan’s restaurant, The French.

Essential Cuisine managing director and North West Young Chef Judge, Nigel Crane, commented: “Congratulations to our final six – having been a part of each regional cook-off I know how hard they have worked to get to this position. We now have an exciting final in prospect. Before that, the masterclass should offer a real education and plenty of inspiration, standing them in good stead for the many challenges to come.”

The winners in full:

Leo Deglane, 21, chef de partie, Carden Park Hotel (Cheshire)
Arthur Quin, 19, chef de partie, Punchbowl Inn (Cumbria)
Rachel Prendergrast, 20, apprentice chef, Abode Hotel, Manchester (Greater Manchester)
Louise Williams, 20, pastry chef, The Tavern in Mold (Flintshire)
Daniel Heffy, 21, chef de partie, The Art School in Liverpool (Merseyside)
Cameron Norris, 21, chef de partie, Stanley House Hotel and Spa (Lancashire)

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