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Here is a selection of common questions we’re asked by people interested in entering Young Chef Young Waiter or those who want to find out more. Just click on any of the questions below to find your answer. If you have an important question that’s not answered here, please get in touch via the contact page.

How do I enter?

It is easy to enter. Your submission will include:

  • your contact details
  • a short video (3mins or less) that you make on your mobile or tablet to tell us about yourself
  • answers to some simple questions

You will also need to provide proof of identity including photo identification which shows your age and your right to work (for example: passport, identity card, visa etc)

How much does it cost to enter?

Entry is free for young chefs and young waiters who are 26 years old or under before
16 November 2021: Young Chef Young Waiter United Kingdom
16 November 2021: Young Chef Young Waiter China & South East Asia

You must have a minimum of 3 years’ professional experience in a hospitality establishment in the role of Chef or Waiter for a minimum of 3 years in the hospitality profession.

This can include time where you have been temporarily unable to work or been furloughed or receiving Pandemic Unemployment Payment from your present role due to Covid-19.

[3 years refers to total minimum time required in the profession, not time at a single establishment]

When is the closing date for entry?

The closing date for 2021 entries will be:

  • 30 September 2021: Young Chef Young Waiter United Kingdom
  • 30 September 2021: Young Chef Young Waiter Ireland

Will there be interaction with the judges over the period of the competition?

Yes, definitely. The competition is designed to provide participants the chance to interact with the judges and their peers during the final events.

What profile will the winners get?

Our media partners will ensure that all winners, runners up and participants gain the maximum exposure possible

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