Kent Young Chef

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Kent Young Chefs 2017

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22nd November 2017
Read all about the live finals and our winners Olivia Lowe and Leah Matthews

Look out for Kent Young Chef 2018 – entries open next year.

The Kent Young Chef Award has been running since 2009 and is open to all Kent and Medway secondary school children Ages 11-16.  Potential Kent Young Chefs will need to submit an original and innovative recipe for a main course and a dessert using ingredients that have been grown or produced in Kent and are available in the Autumn.  Entries are submitted by email or post, and entrants judged to be the creators of the best eight recipes (4 in each age group) are invited to take part in a Live Final. Judging will take place in October, lead by well-known Kent Chef Graham Garrett, owner of The West House, Biddenden.  Graham will be joined by an exciting panel of judges with some new faces this year. Read the judges bios here

The competition aims to champion creative cooking and recipe generation amongst young people along with the use of seasonal and regional produce.  Produced in Kent are once again delighted to help raise the profile of the contribution the hospitality sector makes to the Kent economy and highlight the  many and varied career opportunities in the hospitality, catering and food technology sectors.

Once more this year’s competition will provide more career enhancing opportunities for the winners and also to improve their experience, skills and training with some of the best chefs and venues in Kent.

Finalists from the 2016 award, Kieran Jones, Charlotte Fife and Liam Banks all went forward to take part in the Future Chef local regional or school heats before Kieran and Charlotte went through to the national Future Chef final in London, held at Westminster College.

Stephanie Durling from Produced in Kent said, “We are delighted to announce this year’s competition and hope to match the amazing number of entries from last year.  Once again we are delighted by the support from our sponsors, kff and HIT Training. This competition could also not go ahead without support from all the Kent and Medway secondary schools who allow their pupils to enter and take time off to compete. Produced in Kent is indebted to the judges who give up an incredible amount of their valuable time to support this initiative.”

Contact for entrants:

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For any email enquiries regarding the competition please contact us here: stating Kent Young Chef Competition.

Four sets of recipes in the Junior category ages 11-13 and four sets of recipes in the Senior category ages 14-16 will be selected for the Live Final, these will need to be local i.e. the main ingredients are available in Kent at the time of the competition, and seasonal i.e. the main ingredients are readily available in the Autumn.

During the live final, the judges will be looking for:


Contact details for Press:
Gill Collins |  | 01622 600276
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Stephanie Durling |
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