M Restaurants | Young Chef Awards

The Young Chef of the Year Competition


The M & Bookatable Young Chef of the Year Contest has completed it’s third year, showcasing the wealth of great young talent in the industry. In the looming shadow of Brexit, we recognise that now more than ever is the time to celebrate young talent and bolster morale in the hospitality sector. Staff shortages are continuing to rise, and the industry faces some of its toughest challenges yet with approximately 20,000 chefs leaving the industry year on year.

The 2019 finalists, all chefs under the age of 30, hailed from some of the best restaurants across London and the rest of the UK. They were selected after submitting an original four-course menu at £45 per head, together with costings for 50 covers. The chefs all suitably impressed M’s Culinary Director Mike Reid and were then invited to M Victoria Street to cook in a series of pop-up takeover nights from 9-31 July, with diners and judges voting for their favourite young chef. The voting criteria was based on the quality of the cooking and marketing on the night. The competition also addressed another pressing matter with marks awarded to chefs for their sustainable sourcing of ingredients and resourceful handling of food waste.

Guests and judges, including M founder Martin Williams, Mike Reid and other chefs and food personalities including James Knappett, Felicity Spector and Sabrina Gidda, sampled special dishes throughout the pop-up nights but were ultimately won over by Matthew Hurry’s (of Laurent Café Royal) menu and alongside guest scored was crowned the 2019 Young Chef Of The Year.

If you wish to participate in The Young Chef Of The Year 2020 and have the opportunity to compete against the finest young talent in the industry and make your mark then please register your interest below.