The first Young Chef Young Waiter Canada competition will be open to chefs and waiters who based in Canada and are under 26 years old from any background working in the hospitality industry. The competition will focus on sustainability in hospitality as well as supporting the education and development of home grown talent.

The Young Chef Young Waiter competition was established in 1979 in the UK and is organized by The Nth Degree Global in partnership with UKHospitality and the Restaurant Association, to promote hospitality as a career of choice, a profession, and a vocation.

World Young Chef Young Waiter Canada was launched in 2022 to extend the competition around the globe with a World Final scheduled for November in Monaco.

Young Chef Young Waiter Canada Competition:

  • Entries open online for YCYW Canada on August 8th, 2022 and will close on September 16th, 2022 where a short-list will be selected.
  • Entry is free for young chefs and young waiters who are 26 years old or under and from Canada
  • The winners will be announced after taking part in a two-day live final in October
  • The World Young Chef Young Waiter Final is scheduled for 16 November 2022 in Monaco



The aim of World Young Chef Young Waiter is simple: to uncover the very best young talent in our industry and help equip them with relevant skills, current knowledge and the network needed to succeed in the world of hospitality. Devised by respected professionals, the competition has a fresh modern approach that focuses on tasks and criteria that are challenging, educational and fun.

World Young Chef Young Waiter showcases all aspects of hospitality. Inspiring, empowering and inclusive, most of all we celebrate the capabilities and diversity of our amazing industry.

Online entries are open August 8th with video submissions and a questionnaire by the competitors. Entries will close on September 16th, 2022, after which the judging panel will shortlist six finalists for both categories. The grand finale of six chefs and six waiters will see the finalists face culinary and service challenges, in front of a panel of experts.


Made up of top figures from Canada’s Hospitality sector and industry professionals with world-class skills, our judges will help competitors advance their careers and achieve their goals. Our expert judges are well known advocates for new talent as well as staunch supporters of our food culture.



Nick Di Donato

President and CEO of Liberty Entertainment Group

For over three decades, Liberty Entertainment Group, led by Nick Di Donato has been redefining the restaurant, nightlife and special event experience in both Toronto and Miami. read more As creators of numerous landmark establishments Liberty Entertainment Group has become recognized as one of the most successful and innovative companies in the hospitality and entertainment industry, appreciating a continuous growth and garnering constant media attention. At the heart of this evolving urban development is President and C.E.O., Nick Di Donato. Di Donato earned his Bachelor of Science and a Professional Engineering degree from the University of Toronto. With 25 years of design and construction experience, as well as simultaneously working in the food service industry, Di Donato leads one of Canada’s most recognized and successful hospitality, nightlife and entertainment companies. Liberty Entertainment Group continues to gain success and acknowledgment for developing an impressive roster of unique venues. These venues include Toronto’s premier special event facilities; Casa Loma, Liberty Grand Entertainment Complex. Liberty Entertainment Group is also responsible for the development of Toronto’s most prolific restaurants including BlueBlood Steakhouse, Don Alfonso 1890, Xango, and three Cibo Wine Bar locations (King West, Yonge St and Yorkville), as well as the city’s most vibrant nightlife venue Arcane. With a passion for creation, a love of architecture, a barometer for trends, and an eye for design, all married with construction knowledge and engineering expertise, breathing life into any structure has simply become a never-ending adventure for Di Donato. Renowned for creating venues of magnitude, originality and diversity, Di Donato’s vision and commitment is the driving force that fuels Liberty Entertainment Group to continuously strive to achieve greater heights and higher standards. Constantly ahead of the curve Liberty Entertainment Group is distinguished for its ability to set trends, push limits and create the impossible.

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