Competition entry

The competition will find the best young chef and best young waiter across the UK in 2019.

Entry is free for young chefs and young waiters who are 26 years old or under on 29 October 2019. You can take part if you’re currently employed in the role of Chef or Waiter and have been employed for 3 years or more in the hospitality profession.

Your digital entry will be judged by leading figures from the hospitality industry. Previous judges have included Raymond Blanc OBE, Heston Blumenthal OBE, Angela Hartnett MBE, Simon Girling, Fred Sirieix and many more.

Chefs preparing food

Competition guidelines

40 finalists will be selected from the online applications: 20 chefs and 20 waiters

At the live competition in London, finalists will battle it out to impress our high profile judges. The judges have the tough task of identifying the three top chefs and three top waiters. Winners will be announced at the sensational evening event at Quaglino’s on Tuesday 29 October. All finalists will be invited to this spectacular celebration. A party not to be missed!

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Theo Randall

Head Judge - Chef

Theo Randall


Simon King

Head Judge - Waiter

Simon King

Our inspirational judging panel includes Claude Bosi, Emily Roux, Jeff Galvin, Clare Smyth MBE, Andy Downton, Johanna Wimmer and other big names in hospitality

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Finding the best

Young Chef
Young Waiter

Across the UK in 2019

Competition awards night

The glittering awards evening will be held in iconic London venue, Quaglino's.

Join the fabulous festivities to support the young chefs and waiters, celebrate the finalists and congratulate the winners. Special guests from the world of hospitality will make this a night to remember!

Win incredible prizes

As well as the massive accolade of being crowned a Young Chef or Young Waiter of the Year, we have some awesome prizes to help winners and placeholders celebrate their success in style!

Combining an unforgettable personal trip of a lifetime with priceless professional development, the prizes will match our top 3 chefs and our top 3 waiters with world-renowned chefs and highly respected front of house specialists in amazing locations like the Cayman Islands and Napa, California.

Prizes will include travel, accommodation and completely unique work experience with exceptional experts in Michelin Starred restaurants. You’ll also have time to let your hair down and enjoy your triumph!

History of
Young Chef
Young Waiter

Winners and judges have included some the industry’s great recognisable names to include – Mark Sargeant, Marcus Wareing, Simon King, John Torode, Anne and Jamain Swarb, Jeremy King, Raymond Blanc OBE, Heston Blumenthal OBE, The Earl of Bradford and Lord Forte.

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