Culinary competition aims to celebrate aspiring chefs

Bradford based Delifresh have launched their Young Chef of the Year competition in a bid to find the best aspiring chefs in the county.

Young chefs from across Yorkshire are being invited to show off their culinary expertise for the chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to France and work experience at a two-Michelin-starred restaurant.

Open to all professional chefs under the age of 23, the prize includes a luxury three-day trip to France and a visit to The Rungis International Market in Paris, the largest fresh produce market in the world.

Also included is a visit to France’s premier supplier and exporter of apples, Blue Whale, which is supporting the competition. 

The winner will also spend a week working alongside culinary expert Gareth Ward, chef patron at the two-Michelin-starred Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms in rural Wales.

Independently owned, specialist food service supplier Delifresh was founded in 2002 and are dedicated to providing their customers, who include Michelin-starred restaurants, hotels, events and conferencing facilities with the finest and freshest ingredients from its network of producers. 

Robert Ramsden, Marketing Director at Delifresh, said: “It is great to do something to celebrate and support our up-and-coming culinary talent, especially after the last few years.

“At Delifresh, we pride ourselves on inspiring and developing the chefs of tomorrow. One of the ways we do this is by giving chefs not just what they want today but helping them discover exciting new produce so they can build their knowledge and create amazing dishes in the future. We are excited to see the delicious delights our young chefs will produce and encourage any chef under 23 with a passion for food to get involved.”

Eighteen finalists will be selected by an expert judging panel comprised of industry legends including Gareth Ward, Andrew Pern and Simon Crannage, and will be invited to cook-offs in Leeds, Liverpool, or Newcastle, where they will use seasonal produce from a larder provided by Delifresh in advance so they can prepare.

A finalist from each regional cook-off will then go through to the awards ceremony at the Delifresh 20th Year Anniversary Gala Dinner in Bradford on 28 October, where the winner will be announced.

Gareth Ward, competition judge and chef patron at Ynyshir Restaurant and Rooms, said: “I am delighted to support this fantastic competition which will add excitement back into the trade after such a terrible time. Delifresh are a brilliant team who are always looking to support the younger chef. This is an amazing opportunity for young chefs to display their talents and creativity and gain industry exposure.”

To enter, aspiring chefs simply need to submit a photo or video of a seasonal dish they have produced and a brief description by 12 September. 

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