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 Takeover 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 17th most influential person in the UK hospitality industry). One final further judge will be announced shortly.
The panel: Martin Williams, Michael Reid & Richard Bainbridge
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 25th July – 5th August 2017.
The chosen young chef will win a 10-night pop-up serving their winning menu at M Victoria St from 16th – 30th August, a trip to Reims, France and the title Bookatable Young Chef of the Year 2017.
To enter the competition:
Chefs must send the following to email@example.com:
The young chefs will be marked on the following criteria:
Josephine Ellis, Head of Communications, Bookatable by Michelin
Josephine.firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0)207 199 4344
Leah Butson, M Restaurants
Leah@joriwhitepr.co.uk / +44 (0)207 734 7001