the world's best chef and waiter competition


We are thrilled to announce that our new global competition with a world final will be coming back for a second year to take World Young Chef Young Waiter 2023 to a much wider audience, making it more exciting than ever for our competitors.

Entry is free for young chefs and young waiters who are 28 years old or under on 23rd– 24th November 2023.

Check individual country pages for individual closing dates and competition dates. (More dates to be announced soon)

The Global finalists selected by our expert judges in each country will compete at the World Competition Finals on 23rd-24th November 2023.

Winners will be announced at a stunning glittering awards party on the evening of Thursday 23rd November 2023.

More details to be announced soon.

It is essential that at the point of entering WYCYW online, you ensure that you will be available to take part in the world final competition on 23rd-24th November 2023: including outbound and inbound travel from your chosen destination the day before the competition and flying home the day after.

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.

First you register:

Name, email, create a password and accept our Terms & Conditions (which can be viewed here)

You’ll receive an email which contains an account confirmation link. You can use this to link to edit and update your profile – this is handy if you don’t wish to complete your entry in one go.

Please note:
If you entered World Young Chef Young Waiter 2022 (Entrants and Finalists from last year), you do not need to register again – you can just log in with the email and password you used last time.

Next you ‘Start new entry’ to fill in your submission:

you can continue completing this immediately after you’ve registered; you don’t need to wait for the email confirmation.

All the fields except your social media and last question are required fields.

They need to be filled in before the Judges can review your entry (but you don’t need to complete everything at once)

Choose your country and category: EXAMPLE

  1. Young Chef of the Year 2023 – UK
  2. Young Waiter of the Year 2023 – UK

File upload:

We need to see that you have the Right to Work in your chosen country. Please upload clear, high-resolution files of your documentation to confirm this. You can upload multiple files (jpg, jpeg, png, pdf), up to 5 MB each.

Accepted Documents:

  • If you were born in your chosen country, your birth certificate or passport are sufficient
  • If you were born outside your chosen country, please upload your passport plus any additional documents like your visa, permanent residence card or resident permit for where you are currently living.
  • If you need help understanding the required documentation, please contact us

Video link:

Our judges would like to get to know you so please make a short video of no more than 3 mins capturing your answers to the questions:

  1. What excites you about being a Chef or Waiter in hospitality?
  2. Why did you choose the Hospitality profession and who or what inspired you?
  3. Please describe your aspirations in hospitality and your long-term goals.

Please upload your video to YouTube so you can provide us with the link.
If you’ve never uploaded video before, it couldn’t be easier and takes no time at all:

‘How To Upload’ video


Please note the video must be provided as a link so that our judges can view it in your entry. We cannot accept video files.

Recent Photo: Please upload a recent personal or professional image of yourself.


Tell us more about yourself in your written answers to these questions in approximately 200 words or less.

  1. Which hospitality company to do you admire the most and why?
  2. Describe the best thing that has happened to you during your career in hospitality?
  3. What person in Hospitality inspires you and why?

Once you’ve happy with everything you’ve written and you’ve provided your documents, video, and photo, you’re ready to submit your entry.

We wish you the best of luck for 2023!

*Please note: your entry becomes valid when it has been approved by the organisers of WYCYW UK. We will only notify your entry if there are any issues. If there aren’t any issues, your entry will be approved without further confirmation notification.

'It doesn’t matter where you’ve come from or where you work in the hospitality industry, there are brilliant reasons to take part in Young Chef Young Waiter of the Year: show your skills, network, learn, receive feedback and mentoring for leading industry experts.'

Simon King, Igniting Hospitality

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