Launched by Knorr Professional, the competition has been created to discover and recognise the next generation of young Scottish chef talent from the best catering colleges across the country and inspire students to reach their full potential.
The judging panel will be led by Glasgow-born chef Gary Maclean, who won MasterChef the Professionals 2016 and is Scotland's first National Chef with chef Adam Handling one of the judges.]
Students will have to impress the judging panel with the creation of a two-course meal and the completion of a skills test. They will be asked to submit their menu idea digitally, before a round of shortlisting that will determine eight finalists who will compete in the live cook off.
To help support and inspire chefs, Knorr Professional brand owner Unilever created the Future Menus Report, which identified eight major food trends from global research. This year’s competition brief asks students to put their own twist on two of those trends: modernised comfort food and irresistible vegetables.
“This competition is not just about finding the best young chef; it’s about nurturing creativity, passion and the future of Scottish culinary excellence through Scotland’s next generation," says Maclean.
Prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place students, with the overall winner, their lecturer and assistant receiving an all-expenses paid culinary trip to Italy.
The competition is open for students aged 18 years and over from catering colleges across Scotland.
To request a copy of the 2024 Competition Briefing pack, contact Nicola at FpbggvfuFPBGL@bzar.ntrapl.