Are you aged 11-16 and love cooking?
Entries are open for South West Chef of the Year 2023 and this is your chance to demonstrate your skills and meet other like-mind young cooks and professional chefs!
Simply send us your recipe for a main course dish to serve two, using principally locally grown and produced ingredients. After evaluating all the recipes entered, our judges will select those junior chefs they would like to invite to the next round of the competition, to cook for a chance to earn the title of the top young cook in their own county. Each county winner will then meet at the grand final of South West Junior Chef of the Year on 7th October.
To help finalists to prepare for the South West final, they will receive advice and mentoring from one of our judges, enabling them to learn new skills and experience life in a working kitchen.
The overall winner will be rewarded with the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the kitchen of renowned and highly-respected Michelin-starred chef, David Everitt-Matthias, at his restaurant, Le Champignon Sauvage, in Cheltenham.
Furthermore, all six county winners (and regional finalists) will be invited to compete at the Springboard FutureChef regional final in February 2024 (bypassing the school and local heats) for a chance to reach their national final!
The closing date for entries is Tuesday 23rd May.
N.B. Competitors must be aged 11-16 and still at school in year 11 or below on the date of the final (7th October).
Wiltshire Junior Chef of the Year 2022, James, with judge, Hywel Jones of Lucknam Park
Left: Somerset Junior Chef of the Year 2022, Alexina; Right: Gloucestershire Junior Chef of the Year 2022, Anya
Cornwall Junior Chef of the Year 2022, Freya
Dorset Junior Chef of the Year 2022, Harvey
A message from Syd Yarde – South West Junior Chef of the Year 2022
“Since winning the South West Junior Chef competition in October 2022, I have met some amazing chefs and have been fortunate to have gained work experience with three, Michelin-starred chefs, Mark Dodson at the Masons Arms in Knowstone, Scott Paton at Àclèaf at Borringdon Hall, Plympton, and David Everitt-Mattias at Le Champignon Sauvage in Cheltenham. I cannot thank them enough for all the encouragement and support they have given me.
In July, for my Year 10 work experience, I will be joining Simon Hulstone and his team at the Elephant Restaurant in Torquay and I am looking forward to this experience in my home town!
And, I am really excited to say that I will be starting work with the team at Àclèaf, Borringdon Hall in May.
The South West Chef awards evening, back in October last year, was an amazing evening and a very special memory, meeting all the other winners and the organisers, and the legend, Michael Caines, was awesome.
I cannot encourage any young person enough to enter this competition. If cooking is your passion, you get so much support and encouragement, it’s a journey worth taking from competing at the Devon county final, through to the final awards, it is an amazing experience. I feel very lucky to have won last year, so if you are thinking of entering, do it!!!!
Good luck everyone I will be following the competition!”