The list of judges for the relaunched Young Chef Young Waiter competition has been unveiled ahead of the closing date for entries on 15 September 2019 and it includes many of the most renowned names on the British culinary scene.
The Young Chef Young Waiter competition is celebrating 40 years in the UK this year and our inspirational judging panel includes Theo Randall, Jason Atherton, Emily Roux, Claude Bosi, Ruth Hansom and Tom Aikens.
The Young Chef Young Waiter competition, which was established in 1979, has been relaunched by Nth Degree Global in partnership with UKHospitality and the Restaurant Association, to promote hospitality as a career of choice, a profession and a vocation.
“I’m so pleased to be involved in this year’s Young Chef Young Waiter and to help promote the hospitality industry to young people. It’s fast-paced and hectic but a rewarding exciting industry to be a part of and this competition is a great way for young people to start out.” Jason Atherton, The Social Company
“Without the passion and determination of young chefs and young waiters there would be no future for our industry. There’s nothing quite like working in hospitality and to succeed you have to have a certain level of grit and ambition. This competition gives young talent the opportunity to stand out amongst the others and prove what an exciting and special industry ours is to work in.” – Emily Roux.
The digital entries will be judged by leading figures from the hospitality industry and the full judging panel includes our Head Chef Judge Theo Randall and Head Waiter Judge Simon King along with Jason Atherton, Tom Kerridge, Claude Bosi, Emily Roux, Tom Aikens, Jeff and Chris Galvin (pictured above), Andy Downton, Johanna Wimmer, Merlin Labron-Johnson, Sanjay Dwivedi, Ruth Hansom, Matthew Ryle, Adam Simmonds, Dimi Leivadas, Jennifer Santner, James Fleming, Beatrice Bessi, Andrew McKenzie, Antonio Salvatore and Salvatore Broccu. Find out more about the judges here.
“The Young Chef Young Waiter is one of the most respected competitions in the country and one that helps to highlight the very best of homegrown talent we have in this industry. It brings together the very best that we have working across the whole of the UK in our restaurants and hotels, its the best way to showcase the future shining stars that can in turn help to attract the next generation of chefs and waiters into this amazing industry of ours. This is a competition that nurtures educates and guides them onto their own career paths and most importantly standing proudly on their own two feet.” – Tom Aikens.