Craft Guild of Chefs reveals new plans for National Chef of the Year

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Craft Guild of Chefs has revealed a new revised format to its annual National Chef of the Year competition, with certain stages going online to ensure the final can still take place in September.

The entry deadline has been extended to Monday June 15 and the semi-finals will happen via video to ensure the safety of chefs, suppliers, judges and students taking part.

After the initial deadline, judges, including chair of judges Paul Ainsworth, will whittle the entries down to the highest scoring 40 chefs.

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These chefs will go through to a new secondary round where they will be asked to present a small signature dish of their choice via a short video and sent four questions to answer submit online.

In August, the judges will select their top ten chefs, based on everything they have seen, to take through to the final. 

At The Restaurant Show, the final ten competitors will be invited to serve-up their original three course menu using Paul Ainsworth’s brief.

However, there may be some additional ‘must use’ ingredients added which will be shared once all finalists are announced.

To support chefs over the coming months, the Craft Guild of Chefs will be running a series of webinars with judges, sponsors and former winners, with the aim of inspiring chefs during this time.

Chair of Judges, Paul Ainsworth added: “My focus on finding the most talented chefs in the UK hasn’t stopped throughout this crisis and I’ve had many calls with David over the last few weeks to make sure we can still hold a fantastic final at the end of September. Whilst the UK and hospitality industry faces continued uncertainty, one thing is for sure. Our industry is resilient, and chefs will come back from this; probably stronger than ever. People are going to enjoy eating out more than they have done after this experience and at that time we’ll be ready to showcase the best chefs the UK has to offer.”

To help chefs understand this new process for the competition, the Craft Guild of Chefs has created a FAQs document on its website at Chefs can also email any additional questions to the organisers via

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