Promoting Hospitality as a career of choice, a profession and a vocation. Young Chef Young Waiter is a national competition open to all young professional waiters and chefs from any background.
This renowned competition turned 40 in 2019 and we celebrated with a revamped and revitalised format, fully endorsed by UK Hospitality and the Restaurant Association.
We worked with leading figures from the hospitality industry to find the best young chef and waiter the UK has to offer.
The quality of the entries and the standard of performance of every single finalist in the competition was exceptionally high which meant that selecting the winners was a truly tough decision for our esteemed judges.
HOW TO ENTER
We are thrilled to announce that our new partnership with the Department for International Trade, takes Young Chef Young Waiter 2021 to a global audience this year, making it more exciting than ever for our competitors.
Entry is free for young chefs and young waiters who are 26 years old or under on:
Young Chef Young Waiter UK (YCYW UK): 16 November 2021
Young Chef Young Waiter China & South East Asia (YCYW C&SEA): 16 November 2021
Midnight BST Friday 10 September 2021
The 20 UK semi-finalists selected by our expert judges will compete at the Competition Finals in Dubai:
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ENTRANTS:
It is essential that at the point of entering YCYW online, you ensure that you will be available to take part in the Final Competition in Dubai: including outbound travel to the UAE on Sunday 14 November and inbound travel to the UK on Wednesday 17 November 2021.
Our online entry is a simple 2-step process.
Before you start, we recommend you read the instructions below. It may look like lots of info but we guarantee it will be hugely helpful with your entry.
Meet the 2020 finalists
They participated in the live YCYW United Kingdom and China & South East Asia competitions at 4 London venues on 25, 26 and 27 May 2021.
All 25 Finalists took part in a range of tasks devised by our expert judging panel which includes UK Head chef judge, Theo Randall UK Head waiter judge, Simon King, C&SEA Chair of Judges, Ching He Huang and C&SEA Head waiter judge, Andy Downton
Winners and judges have included some the industry’s great recognisable names– 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.Read more