The Young Chef Young Waiter competition, which promotes hospitality as a career of choice, as a profession and a vocation, returns for 2020 with KuulEats proud to be one of the sponsors of the event.
The competition for 2020 will be online only and open to young chefs and waiters under the age of 26 and this year will include those who may be temporarily unable to work or been furloughed from their present roles due to Covid-19.
Established in 1979, the competition was relaunched for 2019 by The Nth Degree Global in partnership with UKHospitality and the Restaurant Association with sponsors including Arla Pro, Magnum, the Cayman Islands and Alpha Rewards.
Entry is free for young chefs and young waiters who are 26 years old or under on 16 November 2020. Entrants can take part if they are currently employed in the role of Chef or Waiter and have been employed for 3 years or more in the hospitality profession.
The winners will take part in a live tournament where finalists will battle it out to impress the high-profile judges where social distancing measures and risk assessments will be in place or alternatively plans have been made to hold this online. Winners will be announced at a sensational evening event at an iconic London venue which was hosted by John Torode last year – date to be confirmed at time of writing.
Michelin star chef Theo Randall, proprietor of Theo Randall at the Intercontinental has been once again confirmed as head chef judge alongside hospitality consultant Simon King, previously atThe Fat Duck Group and JKS Group, who joins once again as head waiter judge. The digital entries will be judged by leading figures from the hospitality industry.
History of Young Chef Young Waiter
Young Chef Young Waiter of the Year, in association with UKHospitality and the Restaurant Association, has been honouring the best young chefs and waiters since 1979. Now in its 41st year, Young Chef Young Waiter continues to highlight the remarkable skills of the finest young professionals building their careers in the industry.
Many past winners have gone on to achieve huge success in hospitality and YCYW proudly supports the future stars in Britain’s kitchens and restaurants. Winners and judges have included some the industry’s great recognisable names to include – Mark Sargeant, Marcus Wareing, Simon King, John Torode, Annie and Germain Schwab, Jeremy King, Raymond Blanc OBE, Heston Blumenthal OBE, The Earl of Bradford, Lord Forte, Angela Hartnett MBE, Simon Girlingand Fred Sirieix.