Shortlist announced for UK’s best young seafood chef
Twenty-four teams have been shortlisted in the search to find the United Kingdom’s next Young Seafood Chef of the Year, with those selected to participate in regional heats taking place at universities and colleges in Birmingham, Glasgow and Llandudno.
For the next round of the 2016 competition, these teams will be required to cook-up the winning menus they created for the first round of the competition for six judges within a three-hour timeframe.
Three teams will then be handpicked from each heat to compete in this year’s final on 10 June at the Grimsby Institute University Centre, Lincolnshire.
Highly regarded across the seafood industry for the valuable experience it gives to contestants, the competition’s 2016 panel includes some of the country’s most successful chefs. Cyrus Todiwala, widely known for his Pan-Asian cuisine, will be on hand to provide expert culinary advice. He will be joined by celebrity barbeque chef Ben Bartlett and Italian food connoisseur Valentina Harris. Private chef Franck Pontais alongside Serge Nollent, executive development chef at Young’s and Nikki Hawkins, events manager at Seafish will also be putting the contestants through their paces.
In recent years, the competition has seen backing from chefs including Aiden Byrne, Jean-Christophe Novelli, Tom Aitkens, Mitch Tonks and Atul Kochhar.
This year, it has also received sponsorship from leading brands and organizations including Seafish, Young’s, Thermomix, Russums, Oak Ridge Group, and Royal Greenland.
“The UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition is an excellent platform for young chefs to showcase their culinary skills while receiving credible industry feedback,” said Hawkins. “We wish all the competitors the very best of luck and can’t wait to see what mark they make on the seafood industry in the years to come.”