The winners of the Young Chef Young Waiter Singapore competition were announced on Sunday 30th October at a special awards ceremony at the At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy. The finalists competed earlier that day and the two winners will go on to compete in the spectacular World YCYW Final in Monaco, 15 – 16 November 2022.
Young Chef Young Waiter winning Chef is Aiken Low from Cure
Young Chef Young Waiter winning Waiter is Terry Wong from Jaan by Kirk Westaway
The winners were chosen out of 8 finalists by our YCYW Singapore Chef Judges, Kirk Westaway, Matthew Helm, Magdalene Tang and Ryan Clift and YCYW Singapore Waiter Judges, Emmanuel Benardos, Gibran Baydoun, Gerald Lu and Jean Philippe Joye, assisted by our YCYW Ambassador, Angela May.
Singapore Young Chef Young Waiter was supported by At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy, Indigo Wine Co, Bell Procurement Management, Marina Bay Sands, Gourmet Partner, Fuluxe, Purezza Water, Tadcaster Hospitality, Mandalay Masters and UK’s GREAT Campaign.
Second Place Young Chef for Singapore is Winson Tan from Pall Mall 67 Second Place Young Waiter for Singapore is Elroy Tan from Flipper’s Singapore
YCYW 2nd place Chef is Winson Tan from Pall Mall 67 YCYW 2nd place Waiter is Elroy Tan from Flipper’s Singapore
Young Chef Young Waiter Singapore Chef Judge Kirk Westaway said: “The competition was very exciting and Aiken is a worthy winner. The culinary standard was extremely high however, so it was still a challenge to judge. I think all the finalists, who can be very proud of themselves, will learn a lot from this experience. The World Young Chef Young Waiter competition isn’t about who wins – it’s about who keeps growing and who will inspire other young chefs in Singapore to join next year and continue to improve themselves. I’m looking forward to seeing Aiken representing Singapore at the World Final in Monaco and shine a spotlight on the great young talent in our hospitality industry.”
Young Chef Young Waiter Singapore Waiter Judge Emmanuel Benardos said: “It has been an absolute pleasure to be involved as a judge with the prestigious YCYW in its inaugural year in Singapore. It’s very heartening indeed to witness and be a part of the development of such incredible up and coming young hospitality industry leaders.”
Young Chef Young Waiter Final
Our chef finalists, partnered with waiters to create and present a three course meal to guests. Waiters also completed tasks including a cocktail mixing challenge, a sparkling wine pouring task and ran through a series of scenarios in front of the waiter judges.
Finalists: Aiken Low, Nathalie Grataloup, Elsie Ong, Terry Wong, Jason Lim, Cheryl Foo, Winson Tan, Elroy Tan.
World Young Chef Young Waiter Competition
World Young Chef Young Waiter Chairman Robert Walton MBE said: “We’re so excited to have completed the first ever Singapore Young Chef Young Waiter competition. The winning chef and waiter will now represent Singapore in the World Final in Monaco against six other countries. We’ve always had global ambitions for this incredible competition and now our aim is to create the Olympic games of hospitality with contestants from all over the world.”
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Dr Kwan Liu, Founder and Director, At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy: “We were delighted to work with the YCYW team to present the first Singapore edition of the YCYW competition. The goals of this competition are completely aligned with At-Sunrice: to promote the F&B industry and grow talent across all aspects of food services. This competition is unique in bringing waiters and chefs together to deliver an optimal dining experience. Our state-of-the-art kitchens and professional staff were the perfect backdrop to what was an incredibly successful event. Our winning young chef and waiter will make Singapore proud in Monaco. All aspiring students should take a lot of positivity from knowing our industry leaders are fully behind them and supportive of their career aspirations.”
Nicholas Petheram, Chief Executive of Bell Procurement Management said: “We have been honoured and delighted to support the first Young Chef Young Waiter Singapore event, reflecting our company growth and investment in the region and hope to be part of many more to come supporting the incredible young talent of Singapore”.
Remi Montariol, Gourmet Partner said: “We, at Gourmet Partner, have been honoured to be a sponsor for this great event that is YCYW. Indeed, supporting the next generation of F&B leaders is something we take very seriously. We would like to congratulate all finalists for showing such skills in creating amazing dishes and presenting them with charm and professionalism. We can’t wait for next year’s edition.”
Kevin Vuaillat, Fuluxe said: “At Fuluxe, we work with chefs and waiters of restaurants, and we understand how important it is to ensure a smooth collaboration between both for an excellent customer experience. That’s why we are honored to be part of the Young Chefs and Young Waiters (YCYW) competition and happy to witness the growing number of young talents in the F&B industry. We are optimistic that, together, we can help improve the standards in Singapore.”
Yi Min Eng, Purezza said: “Purezza is the most sustainable Water Brand you can have in a restaurant and YCYW has been very helpful to communicate around this concept among the future Hospitality Industry leaders. Young Chefs and Young Waiters are the decision makers of tomorrow and it is important for us to have sustainability concepts brought to their attention as
early as possible.”
Matthew Helm, YCYW Singapore Chef Judge said: “The last two years have presented enormous challenges to our industry however with this level of young talent standing up to compete we can only be confident in our future. I would hope that many more in the industry will see the value in supporting YCYW and the inspiration it delivers to all young talent as they embark on their professional journeys. That’s why we’re so proud to support the future of the hospitality industry through our work with the Young Chef Young Waiter competition. Now, more than ever, it’s so important to ensure hospitality is seen as a career of choice for all young professional waiters and chefs from all backgrounds, and we’re delighted to be a partner to this competition, and the incredible hospitality industry.”
Anthony McConnell, Founder Indigo Wine said: “What an amazing event and amazing young talent Singapore has to showcase. We thoroughly enjoyed being involved and looking forward to our continuing partnership in the future. Best of luck to our Singapore team for the Monaco World Finals”.4th November 2022