ABOUT YOUNG CHEF YOUNG WAITER ENGLAND

Established in 1979, the Young Chef Young Waiter competition is organised by The Nth Degree Global in partnership with UKHospitality and the Restaurant Association. The aim is to promote hospitality as a career of choice, a profession and a vocation. The competition is open to all young professional waiters and chefs from any background under the age of 26.

The competition combines over 43 years of heritage with a modern format including digital entries and a live final held over two days.

In 2021, Young Chef Young Waiter announced a partnership with the Department for International Trade, which took the competition to a global audience, making it more exciting than ever for our competitors. The 20 UK semi-finalists competed at the final in Dubai with the winners being announced on the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020.

For 2022, the World Young Chef Young Waiter competition launched in March where chefs and waiters from around the globe are invited to apply for the territory they work in.

The final for Young Chef Young Waiter England will be held in Birmingham in July. The winners will go on to compete in the World Final in November 2022.

Competitors from other regions in the UK are encouraged to enter YCYW England, and should their region launch, they will transferred to the relevant location.

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WHY ENTER WORLD YOUNG CHEF YOUNG WAITER

Our 2022 entrants will have the opportunity to meet high profile industry professionals, learn new skills and make new friends at a competition like no other.

Being part of World Young Chef Young Waiter is a once in a lifetime experience. A chance for competitors to test their proficiency and progress their careers while learning, building new relationships and developing their potential and most of all, Young Chef Young Waiter is fantastic fun!

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. You are the leaders of the future. It’s your incredible expertise that YCYW commends. Be sure to join us for the competition in 2022!

Many past winners have gone on to achieve huge success in hospitality and YCYW proudly supports the future stars in Britain’s kitchens and restaurants. Winners and judges have included some the industry’s great recognisable names to include – Mark Sargeant, Marcus Wareing, Simon King, John Torode, Annie and Germain Schwab, Jeremy King, Raymond Blanc OBE, Heston Blumenthal OBE, The Earl of Bradford, Lord Forte, Angela Hartnett MBE, Simon Girling and Fred Sirieix.

YOUNG CHEF YOUNG WAITER ENGLAND JUDGES

Our judges include leading figures from the hospitality industry. The judging panel for Young Chef Young Waiter England includes our Head Chef Judge Adam Handling and Head Waiter Judge Simon King along with Jason Atherton, Tom Kerridge, Claude Bosi, Emily Roux, Tom Aikens, Jeff and Chris Galvin, Andy Downton, Brian Turner CBE, Theo Randall, Mario Perera, Johanna Wimmer, Merlin Labron-Johnson, Sanjay Dwivedi, Ruth Hansom, John Williams, Ollie Dabbous, Matthew Ryle, Adam Simmonds, Dimi Leivadas, Jennifer Santner, James Fleming, Beatrice Bessi, Andrew McKenzie, Dimitri Bellos, Jonno Forbes, Saravanan Palanipandichamy, Luigi Cagnin and Antonio Salvatore.

WHY ENTER WORLD YOUNG CHEF YOUNG WAITER

Our 2022 entrants will have the opportunity to meet high profile industry professionals, learn new skills and make new friends at a competition like no other.

Being part of World Young Chef Young Waiter is a once in a lifetime experience. A chance for competitors to test their proficiency and progress their careers while learning, building new relationships and developing their potential and most of all, Young Chef Young Waiter is fantastic fun!

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. You are the leaders of the future. It’s your incredible expertise that YCYW commends. Be sure to join us for the competition in 2022!

Many past winners have gone on to achieve huge success in hospitality and YCYW proudly supports the future stars in Britain’s kitchens and restaurants. Winners and judges have included some the industry’s great recognisable names to include – Mark Sargeant, Marcus Wareing, Simon King, John Torode, Annie and Germain Schwab, Jeremy King, Raymond Blanc OBE, Heston Blumenthal OBE, The Earl of Bradford, Lord Forte, Angela Hartnett MBE, Simon Girling and Fred Sirieix.

Judges - England

Chef Judges

JUDGES - ENGLAND

Adam Handling

Adam Handling is the multi award-winning Chef/Owner of the Adam Handling Restaurant Group which includes Frog by Adam Handling and Eve Bar in Covent Garden, Adam Handling Chelsea and all F & B operations at the Belmond Cadogan Hotel plus The Loch & The Tyne. read more restaurants; gained Michelin stars; he has cooked for Barack Obama and Queen Elizabeth II; he’s the author of two recipe books; and he regularly makes appearances on radio and television. Notably, winning the Great British Menu three times, he has also been a regular judge on the popular BBC series. Richard runs Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill off Piccadilly, Corrigan’s Mayfair, Daffodil Mulligan as well as Virginia Park Lodge in Co. Cavan, Ireland.

A farmer’s son, Richard began his teenage career in the kitchens and has cooked all his life. He is a vehement supporter of Irish and British produce as well as small independent suppliers. A highly accomplished chef, Adam Handling’s beautifully presented modern British dishes start with careful sourcing of top quality, seasonal ingredients, prepared in a number of different, creative ways to enhance their inherent properties and deliver real depth of flavour and harmony whilst maintaining a firm commitment to sustainability.

Clare Smyth MBE

Clare Smyth MBE

CORE by Clare Smyth

Clare Smyth is the first and only female chef to run a restaurant with three Michelin stars in the UK. Her restaurant, Core opened in 2017 and has received unprecedented awards in its first year read more including two stars in the 2019 Michelin Guide, 10/10 in the Good Food Guide and 5/5 AA Rosettes.

Ross, then 24, returned to Ireland in 1990 as Head Chef at the legendary Old Dublin restaurant. In 1993 he took the opportunity, with Martin Corbett, of setting up Chapter One in the space below the Irish Writers’ Museum – formerly the home of John Jameson, the whiskey maker – on Parnell Square, in what was then a rather gritty part of central Dublin. Thanks to a relentless focus on customer care and a commitment to creating dishes that reflect the best of Irish food and producers, it has enjoyed a loyal following ever since.

El Bullí, Ferran Adrià’s iconic restaurant in Spain, further inspired him to refine his cooking. As well as holding a Michelin star since 2007, Chapter One has won countless awards including the Restaurant Association of Ireland’s award for Best Restaurant in Ireland eight times, the most recent being for 2017.

Ross has been a member of Eurotoques since 1992 and served three years as Commissioner General. He has been a member of the Taste Council of Ireland since its inception October 2003. In 2011, he was the head chef for the only State Banquet to be held during Queen Elizabeth II’s State Visit to Ireland. He is a passionate advocate of Irish food and food producers, and in 2015 published the book Chapter One: An Irish Food Story (Gill Books), edited by Ross Golden-Bannon.

It is Ross’ quest to reflect Ireland’s landscape, craftspeople and artists in everything he does at Chapter One, not just in the food, but in the art, design and crafts he commissions, including the ongoing Project Art, showcasing work by young Irish artists. He is also a firm supporter of the Food on the Edge conference, which since 2015 has been bringing together leading chefs and food producers from all over the world to explore the future of food.

Chapter One has won many awards and accolades, as has its chef-proprietor, including the Mike Butt lifetime achievement award in 2018, a leadership award from Chef Network Ireland in 2019 and, also in 2019, an Alumni Achievement Award from University College Cork.

Jason Atherton

Jason Atherton

The Social Company

Jason Atherton launched his flagship London restaurant, Pollen Street Social in April 2011, which was awarded a coveted Michelin star within six read more months of opening. Since then, Jason's 'The Social Company' has grown into a globally renowned restaurant group, with 16 establishments worldwide including 4 that have been awarded Michelin stars.

Emily Roux, Chef Judge

Emily Roux

Caractère

Emily Roux is the youngest to join the Roux family dynasty. Daughter of Michel and granddaughter to Albert, Emily is beginning to set her own mark in the culinary world. With Michelin starred training across France read more and Monaco, Emily came back to the UK in 2015 to begin working with the coveted Restaurant Associates. In 2017 she released her first cookbook ‘New French Table’ with her mother Giselle. A year later Emily and her husband Diego opened their first restaurant Caractère in Notting Hill. The restaurant encompasses what both Emily and Diego hold dearest – beautiful food, warm surroundings, expert and friendly service – all delivered with real character.

Simon Hellier

Executive Head Chef for Amadeus at the ICC

Simon has built quite a career. From working in some of Birmingham’s top restaurants to travelling the world while working in the high-end kitchens for some of the world’s read more Simon’s has trail blazed and consistently pushed boundaries on the event culinary scene to ensure the ICC is recognised as an industry leader in conference and banqueting catering. He has pioneered restaurant quality food, served up in a large-scale event environment. Ensuring that no matter how big, or small your event is, guests will be wowed by the food.





top cruise liners. However, since 1991 the ICC has been his home.

As part of the opening team at the ICC, Simon started as Deputy Head Chef and in 2011 became Executive Head Chef. Since Simon has taken the reigns of the kitchen, he has been leading his brigade of chefs to be customer focussed and innovative to deliver beyond expectations and giving guests an experience to remember! Simons ensures he maintains close relationships with his suppliers and knows where his ingredients come from. Reducing food miles by buying locally when planning menus has always been a passion and in recent years has taken further action to ensure his kitchens have a minimal impact on the environment.

The Chefs food immersion plan has escalated into the introduction of food theatre! This means dishes are prepared and cooked in front of the guests, creating an additional air of anticipation and excitement to the event. As well as creating talking points, it gives guests a chance to learn more about the sourcing, quality, freshness of what they are eating. Of course, actually meeting the amazing talent that cooks up their meal is a highlight.

WAITER JUDGES

JUDGES - ENGLAND

Simon King

Igniting Hospitality

Simon’s career started at Amberley Castle, a Small Luxury House hotel. After completing his HND in Hospitality Management, he moved to London. read more While working at The Ritz he won 'Young Waiter of the Year’ 2000'. In 2001 Simon joined Gordon Ramsay, managing his flagship restaurant at Royal Hospital Road and opened the Savoy Grill with Marcus Wareing. He worked with Heston Blumenthal as Operations Manager for the Fat Duck Group on projects including the launch of Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental. In October 2014 moved to New York, working for Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, managing the Modern. March 2018 saw Simon return to London as Operations Director for JKS, overseeing their 16 sites. Simon now runs his own business Igniting Hospitality where he shares his knowledge and experiences advising, inspiring and helping other businesses fulfil their potential.

Andy Downton, Waiter Judge

Andy Downton

Adam Handling Restaurant Group

Andy Downton is Operations Director of the Adam Handling Restaurant Group group, bringing a wealth of experience from his time as an Operations Director and General Manager. Andy has long been in admiration of the Adam Handling Restaurant Group and, working together on the Young Chef Young Waiter Competition in 2020 gave Adam and Andy the opportunity to get to know each other better. read more In 2003 Andy moved to London, progressing to Head Waiter for Marcus Waring at the Savoy Grill. In November 2006, he became assistant restaurant manager for the launch of Theo Randall at the Intercontinental before moving to Gordon Ramsay at Claridges where Andy spent 5 years, 2 as General Manager. In 2012, Andy joined D&D London as General Manager at The Old Bengal Warehouse. He then spent 3 years at Social Company with Jason Atherton managing City Social. Andy returned to D&D in 2017 as Senior General Manager for 3 venues before becoming Operations Manager at Park Chinois after that.

Johanna Wimmer

Johanna Wimmer

The Ivy Collection

Hospitality runs through Johanna’s veins, selling cakes and coffees from a young age at her uncle’s coffee shop in Austria. In 2000, she established her love for London at Anton Mosimann’s read more private dining club. Whilst there, Johanna won the Young Waiter award in 2002, before joining Jason Atherton for the opening of Maze in 2005. Johanna’s passion for development and training fully evolved when she joined Westminster Kingsway College as a lecturer in 2007 where she trained students on the art of service and hospitality. In 2015, Johanna joined The Ivy Collection as part of the people and training team. Here, she plays a vital role in staff training, assisting ahead of all openings and ensuring team members are moving ahead in their careers.

Anne Lomas, The Savoy

Anne Lomas

The London Edition

Anne Lomas, Director of Food and Beverage at The London Edition, oversees all aspects and operations of the hotel’s food & beverage programme. Lomas has a wealth of experience having previously held the position of Director of Restaurants at The Savoy, overseeing several outlets and departments including the relaunch of the prestigious Simpson’s on the Strand. read more Anne began working in hospitality by chance aged eighteen; whilst travelling in New Zealand. Following this, Anne moved to London where her work experience includes Roast, 45 Park Lane, Shangri-La, and Simpson’s in the Strand. During her role as General Manager at Simpson’s in the Strand, Anne saw this rich-in-history establishment through a full refurbishment, and drove the restaurant to be the successful and well-loved culinary landmark it is today.

Craig Hancox

General Manager for Amadeus at the ICC Birmingham.

At one of Europe’s leading conference venues the ICC Birmingham, Craig leads his busy team, providing award winning catering to more read more than 350 events each year. From high profile events such as the Conservative Party Conference and international conferences to small meetings for just a few people and many banqueting events, it is fair to say that Craig has to cater for a variation of guests is passionate that whatever takes you to the ICC food will be the one thing you remember!

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