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Welcome to Competitions

The Craft Guild of Chefs is proud to celebrate with them.

Here you will find everything you need to know about the various culinary competitions that take place throughout the year - everything from the flagship National Chef of the Year contest through to the specialist Tilda Chef of the Year Competition.

This section will reveal where each is taking place, how you can get involved and those all important winners and runners up.


Current competitions:

Previous competitions:

Latest Competition News

17th Sep 2021

Five talented chefs pass Graduate Awards exam

By: Edward Waddell
In total 13 young chefs competed in the Graduate Awards final in either the kitchen or pastry exam. To join the Graduate Awards hall of fame, the chefs had to achieve a pass mark of 85%. Despite the

23rd Aug 2021

Country Range Student Chef Challenge returns

By: Edward Waddell
The competition, which has been running for over a quarter of a century, provides the ultimate test for teams of three full-time hospitality and catering students from colleges around the UK. The

More Competitions News

15th Apr 2021
The Alsop & Walker Cheese Starter Awards, in partnership with Compass Group UK & Ireland, saw chefs around the UK produce a...
09th Apr 2021
Chair of judges, Paul Ainsworth has unveiled his brief to an audience of ambitious, determined and talented chefs on a...
06th Apr 2021
The judges believed the dish went ‘above and beyond every part of the criteria’ with its creativity, good flavour, texture...
31st Mar 2021
The competition was re-branded from Wessex Salon Culinaire in 2020 and retains its heritage and importance as a key platform...
30th Mar 2021
This year saw a record-breaking 956 entries from 40 colleges and 40 businesses. The heats welcome 112 students, apprentices...
26th Mar 2021
The NCOTY competition gives chefs an exciting opportunity to put themselves in the spotlight and show their culinary talent...
25th Mar 2021
Guest judge Ross Sneddon, executive pastry chef at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh, said: “Your dessert should be a famous...
19th Mar 2021
The Custom Culinary Plant Forward Challenge, in partnership with Compass Group UK & Ireland, saw chefs create a main course...
16th Mar 2021
Organised in conjunction with the Skills for Chefs event team, the competition announced joint winners due to the high...
11th Mar 2021
The 2020 Graduate Awards received positive feedback as the event gave chefs ‘focus, hope and positivity’ during the Covid-19...