M Restaurants | Young Chef Awards

Young Chef of the Year 2019 Contest Is Now Open!

WILL YOU BE THE NEXT YOUNG CHEF OF THE YEAR?

For the third year, we are delighted to launch our search for the finest young talent, working in the kitchens of the UK. If you are under 29 years old and working as a chef, we would love to celebrate having you in the hospitality industry and to invite you to enter our nationwide competition.

Young, up-and-coming chefs will be asked to create menus that represent their own personality and style. At a time when our industry is being challenged more than ever we will be asking our contestants to demonstrate that they are the best young people, not just the best chefs, to lead the next generation. Applicants will be asked to design a four course menu which shows that each ingredient has been thought through carefully and has been ethically sourced. We will also be challenging them to have a zero waste philosophy in their dishes.

The top 50 entrants will be invited to M Victoria to cook their signature dish and present their menu in May to a panel of judges and whittled down to the best 15 to form the finalists. They will then cook their menu again in M’s Raw Bar, this time for paying guests as well as a member of the original judging panel. They will score the young chef on the same criteria to form 50% of each finalist’s score with the remaining 50% awarded by the paying diners each evening.

This year, M’s Culinary Director Michael Reid and M Founder Martin Williams will be  joined by an incredible panel of judges made up of the UK’s best chefs and journalists including Adam Handling, Tom Sellers, James Knappett, Ben Tish, Tom Griffiths, Sabrina Gidda, Richard Bainbridge, Steve Groves, Stefan Chomka, Felicity Spector, David Ellis, William Sitwell, Steve  Dinneen and Sudi Pigott.

ENTRANTS NEED TO SUBMIT:

A 4 COURSE MENU THAT WILL BE SOLD FOR £45 PER PERSON

The top 50 entrants will be invited to M Victoria Street or Gaucho Edinburgh/Manchester to cook their signature dish and talk through their menu. 15 Chefs will be selected to host a ‘Pop Up Night’ in their name at M Victoria St, where they will cook their menu with the M chefs to be served to 40 covers in the Raw Restaurant which will be their restaurant for the night.

After regional heats the top 15 fnalists will be invited to host a ‘Pop Up’ night at M Victoria St in the RAW restaurant in July. The winners will win a trip with Pommery to Champagne and much more…

To enter please request an application form, the deadline for all entries is Thursday 16th May.

KEY DATES

HEATS

May 22nd London Heats

May 29th Northern Heats (Gaucho Edinburgh or Manchester)


POP UP NIGHTS AT M VICTORIA

9th July – 13th July

16th July – 20th July

23rd – 27th July (provisional)


WINNERS DINNER

4th September