Last year saw young chefs from the region take the top three places in the national finals, including the North West current title holder Thomas Reeves (pictured) of L’Enclume in Cumbria.
The state-of-the-art kitchens at South Cheshire College will now host the 2018 finals, following a switch from Manchester College.
The contest, in association with Sous Vide Tools and CHR Equipment, invites young chefs from across Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria and Shropshire, to compete for the title, a seed into the national semi-finals and £500 in cash.
This year sees an additional prize of a weekend for two at The Mere Golf Resort & Spa.
The format comprises two semi-finals, held at Warrington College (Thursday April 19) and Kendal College (Wednesday April 19) respectively, with chefs from multiple regions squaring off in high pressure cook-offs.
Two talented chefs – one winner and one runner-up – from each semi will be sent through to compete in a final, held on May 23.
Chefs can enter by following this link: http://www.essentialcuisine.com/north-west-young-chef-competition/enter-the-north-west-young-chef-competition/
Chairman of judges Brian Mellor said: “Since its inception, the competition has gone from strength to strength; the levels of skill, the innovation, the sheer professionalism of these young chefs – the bar keeps being raised with every passing year.
“The 1-2-3 at the national finals was a magical result for the North West and an affirmation that the region is brimming with talent – this time around we are delighted to announce South Cheshire College as our new home, while the raising of the age limit simply keeps us in check with the national criteria.”