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Young Chef of the Year 2018 - how to enter

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Who will be the Westside magazine and My Fathers Heart Young Chef of the Year 2018?

We're teaming up with My Fathers Heart to search for the top young kitchen stars in Sheffield and North Derbyshire

Calling all head chefs and restaurateurs... do you have a bright spark working in your kitchen who is shaping up to be an outstanding chef of the future?


If you do, now’s the time to shout about it, because Westside and My Fathers Heart are staging a fantastic competition to find the Young Chef of the Year 2018.


The competition is open to all restaurants in the Sheffield and North Derbyshire region and all entries must be under the age of 25 on 1 June 2018.


Four finalists will be invited to join us for a MasterChef-style cooking competition in the state-of-the-art kitchens at My Fathers Heart on Saturday 12 May. That’s their opportunity to create their signature main course, which will be judged by a panel of culinary experts.


My Fathers Heart, designers and makers of the region’s finest bespoke, handmade kitchens, bedrooms and furniture, regularly host glamorous events in their award-winning showroom. It proved to be the perfect venue to stage our inaugural Young Chef of the Year event in 2017. 


The cream of the region’s young culinary talent came together and really wowed the judges with some first rate, inventive virtuoso cooking.


Last year’s winner was Dave Cockerill of The Tickled Trout in Barlow. He was nominated by owner/chef Chris Mapp and impressed the judges with a stunning dish of lemon baked halibut in a gruyere crust with an artichoke purée, Jersey Royal potatoes, samphire, baby leaves, morel mushrooms and seasonal capers with a shallot, halibut and chicken vinegar.


Dave is obviously destined for great things and now we are looking for a worthy successor to fly the flag for the region’s budding culinary talent.


The Westside/My Fathers Heart Young Chef of the Year competition is a great opportunity to shine a light on the next generation of kitchen superstars.


We’re looking forward to seeing what the best young talent out there has to offer, and giving all four finalists, a boost by placing them in the spotlight.


The results will be announced at the Westside Restaurant Awards on Monday 5 June 2018, an event which is fast becoming the Oscars of the local restaurant scene.


So now it’s down to the head chefs and restaurateurs across the region to nominate their young kitchen stars for this prestigious event.


We’ll be contacting restaurants across the region in the next few weeks, reminding head chefs and restaurateurs to get involved.


But don’t wait to be invited. If you employ a bright young chef with the talent and drive to reach the top, let us know.


Incidentally, last year’s shortlist of talented young kitchen stars was all-male. We know there are some fantastic female chefs out there so please help us to put them in the spotlight in 2018.


All entries must be under 25 years of age on 1 June 2018.


To nominate your Young Chef please contact Westside managing editor Chris Wilson on


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