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Young Waiter 2024

The World’s Best Chef, Waiter, and Mixologist Competition

The 2024 winners won a grand prize of $15,000

SUPPORTING THE FUTURE OF HOSPITALITY – CELEBRATING 45 YEARS

World Young Chef Young Waiter and Young Mixologist, promotes hospitality as a career of choice, a profession, and a vocation. Established in 1979, the competition was relaunched in 2019 in partnership with UKHospitality and the Restaurant Association.

The winners of the World Young Chef Young Waiter Competition 2023 were announced at a special awards dinner in Monaco on Friday 24th November at the Salle Empire in Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo.

The winners of the World Young Chef Young Waiter competition were Chef Ian Tan, Waiter Belle Torres, and Mixologist Zana Mohlmann, all from Singapore.

The world champions were chosen from nine Chefs, nine Waiters, and four Mixologists from England, Wales, Singapore, Ireland, the Cayman Islands, Hong Kong, Monaco, USA and Scotland. Finalists were judged by a panel of esteemed culinary experts, food critics, and industry leaders. Among the esteemed chef judges were Adam Handling, Mario Perera, Michael Kwan, Emanuele Del Signore, Paul Walsh, and Adam Thomason. The waiter judges included Simon King, Andy Downton, George Heresy, and Daniele Giovinazzo. Meanwhile, the mixologist judges were Anna Sebastian, Yann Bouvignies, Paul Robinson, and Jerome Schrotz.

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World Young Chef Young Waiter Final 2023

9 Young Chefs and 9 Young Waiters and 4 Young Mixologist from our competing countries gathered in Monaco for the World Young Chef Young Waiter Finals at the Lycèe Rainier III on 23rd-24th November 2023

All 22 World Finalists took part in a range of tasks devised by an expert judging panel which was whittled down to 3 winning chef and waiter pairs and 1 winning mixologist

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2020 Competition

2020 FINALS

The exciting Young Chef Young Waiter 2020 Competition Finals took place in London in 4 locations over 3 days in May 2021. The events had been rescheduled from late 2020 due to the series of UK lockdowns and were run in line with government guidelines.

The Finals: Dates and Venues:

Tuesday 25 May:

  • The Dorchester – UK Chef & Waiter Final
  • Theo Randall @ The InterContinental – UK Chef & Waiter Final
  • Adam Handling Chelsea – UK Chef & Waiter Final

Wednesday 26 May:

  • Kai Mayfair – China & South East Asia Chef & Waiter Final

Thursday 27 May:

  • Kai Mayfair – China & South East Asia Chef & Waiter Final
  • The best young chef and best young waiter Winners will be announced on 28 June at the Awards Party at The Dorchester.

Adam Handling MBE

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Simon King

Head Judge - Waiter

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Our inspirational judging panel from 2023 was made up of Adam Handling MBE, Simon King, Mario Perera, Michael Kwan, Mark Sargeant, Emanuele Del Signore, Paul Walsh, Adam Thomason, Andy Downton, George Heresy, Daniele Giovinazzo, Anna Sebastian, Paul Robinson, Jerome Schrotz, and Yann Bouvignies.

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History of World Young Chef Young Waiter

Winners and judges have included some the industry’s great recognisable names– Adam Handling MBE, Theo Randall, 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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