The Craft Guild of Chefs has revealed ten talented young chefs who have been selected to compete in the Young National Chef of the Year final this autumn.
Due to the ongoing situation with Covid19, the selection process has had to be tweaked for this year.
Rather than some of the chefs gaining a top ten spot through a semi-final, head judge, Hrishikesh Desai and organiser of the competition, David Mulcahy have handpicked the finalists based on recommendations from industry experts.
The final decision on the line-up has come from extensive research and guidance from other leading chef competitions or industry associations.
The cook-off will take place on September 7 at Le Cordon Bleu, with the final aired as part of a new Hospitality Unites week on September 29, with the winner announced live online on September 30.
The criteria for the final will be announced at the end of June but will have a special focus on sustainability.
All finalists will be invited to an online webinar to chat to David and Hrishikesh about the competition and also to connect with each other.
The ten finalists are: –
- Nathan Lane, chef de partie, The Greenhouse, Dublin
- Charlie Crote, junior sous chef, Allegra
- Ieuan Andrew Davies, chef de partie, Manor House
- Dervis Mustafa, demi chef de partie, Petrus
- Jamaar Semper-House, junior sous chef, Lucknam Park Hotel (Restaurant Hywel Jones)
- Harry Paynter-Roberts, commis chef, Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms
- Rebecca Mary Jackson, junior sous chef, Leila Lily’s
- Eden Allsworth, demi chef de partie, Cliveden Hotel
- Sagar Massey, sous chef, Mar Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa Resort
- Jacob Gosselin, demi chef, Longueville Manor Hotel and Restaurant
David Mulcahy, organiser of YNCOTY and Vice-President of the Craft Guild of Chefs said: “When we began planning the campaign to find our next winner we could never have predicted the situation we’d find ourselves in. However, one thing has remained the same throughout this crisis and that’s our determination to ensure that this competition goes ahead. By personally inviting each finalist to get involved we know we have an incredible list of chefs lined-up.
Chair of judges for YNCOTY, Hrishikesh Desai added: “Just looking at this list of chefs I know it’s going to be an exciting final. I’ll be challenging the young chefs to be creative and making sure that excellence still prevails this year, regardless of the changes to the format. The criteria will be engaging with the spotlight on produce, sustainability and skills. After a difficult 2020, I can’t wait to bring our judges together for a unique and memorable final.”