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National Chef of the Year 2023

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National Chef of the Year 2023

In 2023, we are very proud to be supporting The National Chef of the Year competition, as they look for the 33rd chef to take the crown.

The Craft Guild of Chefs has begun its mission to find the next talented chef to follow in the footsteps of current National Chef of the Year title holder, Ben Murphy. The UK’s most sought-after culinary title spans five decades during which it has crowned some of the biggest stars in hospitality including Gordon Ramsay, Simon Hulstone and Luke Selby.

This year the National Chef of the Year criteria focuses on food waste and the creative use of ingredients as the UK and rest of the world grapple with the cost-of-living crisis, food inflation, supply chain disruption and ongoing global events, which continue to challenge us all. The NCOTY judges are keen to see how culinary skills along with sustainable, local and global produce are used to demonstrate an excellent understanding of ingredients.

Chefs should continue to celebrate and support food producers and farmers as well as small businesses through their competition entry.

The starter can be a fish, seafood or vegetarian dish with a focus on zero waste. It should have a strong emphasis on vegetables, pulses and/or grains within dishes. Chefs must demonstrate techniques that show waste reduction, whilst using ingredients which are harmonious and belong together.

For the main course, chefs should create a delicious lamb dish using two cuts of lamb suitably garnished. The choice of primary and secondary cuts is down to the chef, but the dish must make use of ingredients, techniques and cooking styles that bring the very best from this main ingredient.

For the final dish, the way to the judges’ hearts will be using chocolate as competitors are required to produce a warm or cold dessert. The recipes should include a savoury aspect which may be a vegetable or vegetable derivative to balance and marry the dessert.

Chair of Judges, Kenny Atkinson who is chef patron at House of Tides and Solstice in Newcastle said: “This year I really want chefs to focus on how they use ingredients and showcase their creativity and skills. With the cost-of-living crisis, everyone is having to think outside the box and look for ways to reduce costs and waste, not only to ensure a more sustainable business but also to meet the demands of consumers. National Chef of the Year is one of the most anticipated culinary events in the UK so it’s great we can use this platform to shine a light on issues which are so important to both businesses and consumers right now.”

Current title holder, Ben Murphy, chef patron at Launceston Place said: “Since winning this title, I’ve already had some incredible experiences. From featuring on magazine covers to being invited on an unforgettable culinary tour of the south-west thanks to CCS, attending the launch of Gordon Ramsay’s new TV show and cooking for huge audiences at leading industry events. As it’s the most sought-after chef title, I’ve always dreamed of winning it, and sometimes still can’t believe it happened. I’d encourage all chefs to believe in themselves and give it a go as it literally could be your turn next.”