We are very sad to say that we have had to cancel the Junior Chef category (for 11-16 year olds) of this year’s competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Entries had recently been opened for this category of the competition with the next rounds due to begin at catering colleges around the South West at the end of June. However, with colleges and schools currently closed and no certainty about when it might be possible to re-open, it will be difficult to make further arrangements and for pupils and teachers to prepare their entries.
The health and wellbeing of all taking part in the competition is obviously our main priority and so we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the Junior Chef category for this year.
We are extremely sorry to all those who had planned to take part this year and very much hope that you will enter next year.
We hope that the professional chef, student/apprentice chef and home cook categories will take place as planned later this year but will continue to review the situation in line with government advice.
We hope you keep safe and well.