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Here is a selection of common questions we’re asked by people interested in entering Young Chef Young Waiter or those who want to find out more. Just click on any of the questions below to find your answer. If you have a burning question that’s not answered here, please get in touch via the contact page.

How do I enter?

It is easy to register to enter. Your submission will include:

  • your contact details
  • a short video (3mins or less) that you make on your mobile or tablet to tell us about yourself
  • answers to some simple questions

You will also need to provide proof of identity including photo identification which shows your age and your right to work in the UK (for examply, passport, identity card, visa etc)

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry is free for young chefs and young waiters who are 26 years old or under before 29 October 2019.

You must be in current employment in a hospitality establishment in the role of Chef or Waiter and have been employed for a minimum of 3 years in the hospitality profession.

[3 years refers to total minimum time required in the profession, not time at a single establishment]

When is the closing date for entry?

Closing date for 2020 will be announced shortly. Please stop by again for updates

Can friends or colleagues attend the final awards event on the 29 October at the exclusive London venue?

Yes, they can. There will be a published ticket price for non-competition guests and they will be able to buy as many tickets as they wish

Will there be interaction with the judges over the period of the competition?

Yes, definitely. The competition is designed to provide participants the chance to interact with their peers during the live semi and final event. There will also be guest judges that that will mix with the participants during the Sunday and Monday evening at the hotel.

What profile will the winners get?

Our media partners will ensure that all winners, runners up and participants gain the maximum exposure possible

What will the semi finalists do on the Tuesday whilst the finalists battle it out?

An exciting event schedule is planned with activities around London with some of our event partners.

In association with

Our Partners and Supporters 2020

Our Sponsers and Partners 2019