Taste Cheshire Young Chef of the Year | Taste Cheshire Food, Drink Festival | 20th - 22nd April 2019

Taste Cheshire Food, Drink Festival

2017 Winner Matthew Evans

Taste Cheshire launches the 2019 Young Chef Challenge

Taste Cheshire believe the future of the hospitality industry lies in promoting and encouraging the talent we have across the county at our colleges and schools and for that reason they are sponsoring our Young Chef of the Year competition. Four finalists from the schools of Cambrian and Deeside Colleges, will compete on the Duchy Chef Demonstration stage on Sunday 21st of April to become the 2019 Champion. The Cambrian and Deeside semi-finals will be held on the 21st March with the two finalists announced after the event.

Our chefs will have 45 minutes to produce two outstanding dishes that will wow our judges and they have to do it on the big stage in front of over 300 people, with the clock ticking. The dish can be a starter, main or dessert and will of course feature local produce.

2016 Winner, Mike Hodges

Judges will be assessing the complexity of the dish, the technique, cooking skills shown, dish presentation and of course the overall flavours achieved.

The four finalists are Matthew Norman, Byron Valentine, Anna Banasiak, and Callum Jones

Our four finalists will be invited to the Taste Cheshire Food and Drink Awards where the will be be crowned and awarded their trophy as well as £200 in cash.

Previous winners have included Mike Hodges of Upstairs at the Grill, and in both 2016 and 2017 the Chairman of judges was Masterchef star, Gregg Wallace. The 2017 winner was, Matthew Evans of South Cheshire College. The two finals are at 1.00pm and 4.00pm on Sunday 21st April at Chester Racecourse on the Main stage.

Taste Cheshire Food, Drink Festival is a trading name of Chester Food & Drink Festival Limited.
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