Craft Guild crowns Young National Chef of the Year 2018

NCOTY and YNCOTY winners, Luke Selby and Danny Young
The Craft Guild of Chefs crowned the winner of its 2018 Young National Chef of the Year (YNCOTY) competition on 3 October 2017, after a two-hour final cook-off at The Restaurant Show 2017.

Danny Young, junior sous chef at Northcote Manor, was crowned Young National Chef of the Year after finishing in second and third place for the past two years. He said: “To be honest, it’s not really sunk in yet. This is the third time I have competed in the YNCOTY and I’ve worked so hard over the last few months to develop my skills.”

Arthur Bridgeman Quin, junior sous chef at The Punchbowl Inn, was awarded second place while Thomas Reeves, chef de partie at L’Enclume, came in third.

Organiser and vice president of the Craft Guild of Chefs, David Mulcahy, said: “I think this year has been one of the most hotly anticipated finals we’ve seen for some time. The level of cooking was incredible and all ten finalists gave our judges a very difficult task.

“The reason we have The Young National Chef of the Year is so that we have a pipeline coming through for competitors who want to go on and aim for the senior competition. The Craft Guild of Chefs support chefs at every level from school to early stages of their career to special moments like we’ve witnessed today.” 

Young National Chef of the Year ambassador, Mark Sargeant, added: “It’s been an exciting and close final, and the future of the industry is in safe hands with these chefs. Something that really stands out to me today is seeing previous winners of this competition battling it out in the senior final and of course, Luke Selby going on to win it is the icing on the cake for YNCOTY.

“Winning this title is simply the start of what will be a long and successful culinary career and I’ll certainly be following Danny Young over the coming years to see where this title takes them.”

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