Kent Young Chef

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are delighted to announce the
Kent Young Chef Award 2018




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 of the recipes will take place in October, led by well-known Kent Chef Graham Garrett, owner of The West House, Biddenden. Graham will be joined by an exciting panel of judges.

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.


This competition will provides 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 2017 award, Leah Matthews and Olivia Lowe, as well as 2016 finalist Charlotte Fife, all went forward to take part in the Future Chef local regional or school heats.

Closing date for entries is 5pm Monday 15th October 2018.

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. This competition could 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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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:
• Flavour
• Texture
• Quality of Produce
• Presentation
• Originality
• Good Working Practice (Tidiness/Hygiene etc)
• Cooking Skills

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