The title went to Danny Young, junior sous chef at Northcote with Arthur Bridgeman Quin, junior sous chef at the Punchbowl Inn at Crosthwaite second, and Thomas Reeves, chef de partie at L’Enclume in Cartmel, in third place.
Daniela Tucci, chef de partie at the Art School Restaurant in Liverpool was also among the 10 finalists who took part in a two-hour cook off at The Restaurant Show in London.
“To be honest, it’s not really sunk in yet,” said Young (pictured), who finished second and third in the competition over the past two years. “I started seven years ago and I didn’t see myself going on to win awards in what I’m doing.
“It’s not just a job, I’ve always wanted to be a chef but you don’t think about winning awards in front of all these people especially with the calibre of judges in the room. I’ve worked so hard over the last few months to develop my skills.
“I loved cooking from a very young age and I always aspired to be a chef. With Northcote being so close to my home, I knew it was the ideal destination to take up an apprenticeship.”
He cooked a starter of Norwegian haddock with salt and vinegar black peas and a main course of rare breed Miso beef, Oriental mushrooms, crispy kale and coriander and completed with a dessert of warm orchard apple syrup sponge and Horlicks ice cream.
As well as the title, Young wins a year’s membership to the Craft Guild of Chefs, a £2,500 stage provided by Knorr, a culinary experience to Norway with Michel Roux Jr from Norwegian Seafood, a gastronomic experience at Obsession 2018 from Churchill, and the chance to cook with Claude Bosi at Bibendum.
The event was hosted by the Craft Guild of Chefs and was judged by more than 20 leading chefs headed by Mark Sargeant, a previous winner of the competition.
“It’s been an exciting and close final, and the future of the industry is in safe hands with these chefs,” he said.
“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.”
Nigel Haworth, chef patron and joint managing director at Northcote, praised Young for achieving his goal. “If anybody deserves it Danny does,” he said. “He’s really worked tirelessly and he’s very dedicated.
“He’s a quiet guy so for him to come out and do this for three years and then eventually win it, I’m so pleased for him.”