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Young Chef of the Year Awards

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BOOKATABLE BY MICHELIN PARTNERS WITH M RESTAURANTS TO LAUNCH THE M & BOOKATABLE YOUNG CHEF OF THE YEAR AWARDS IN ASSOCIATION WITH CHAMPAGNE POMMERY

The hospitality industry has never faced a worse staff shortage with warnings of a 60,000 shortfall of workers a year. To encourage young talent working in the UK restaurant industry, Bookatable by Michelin and Michael Reid, Executive Chef of M Restaurants, have joined forces to create an annual competition that aims to nurture tomorrow’s chef stars, giving them the opportunity to host a pop up restaurant at the Bookatable Young Chef Take Over at M Victoria St in July.

Young, up-and- coming chefs will be asked to create menus that represent their own personality and style. The top 50 entrants will be invited to M Victoria to cook their signature dish and present their menu in June to the panel of judges.

A member of the judging panel and Michael will be present every night to score the young chef on the same criteria to form 50% of each finalist’s score. The remaining 50% will be awarded by the paying diners each evening.

The judging panel includes Phil Howard; Richard Bainbridge; Sarah Durdin Robertson (Series Food Producer, Optomen); M Executive Chef, Michael Reid (starring this week on BBC Two’s Great British Menu and last weekend’s C4 Sunday Brunch) and M Restaurant founder Martin Williams (recently voted 17 th most influential person in the UK hospitality industry). One final further judge will be announced shortly.

10 finalists will be chosen and will be mentored by both Michael Reid and Martin Williams to tweak their menu design ready for the Bookatable M Takeover which will take place at M Victoria St for 10 nights from 25 th July – 5 th August 2017.

The chosen young chef will win a 10 night ‘pop up’ serving his wining menu at M Victoria St from 16 th – 30 th August, a trip to Reims, France and the title M & Bookatable Young Chef of the Year 2017.

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