The UK’s leading Oriental grocer Wing Yip has launched its Young Chef of the Year competition for 2016. The competition is now open to chefs and catering students (18 – 25) across the country.

Young-Chefs-in-action[3]Following an initial paper entry, there will be a live cook-off where one lucky chef will win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Hong Kong, including culinary work experience in some of the city’s top eateries.

Now in its fourth year, the nationwide competition has firmly established itself on the culinary calendar.

Putting the contestants through their paces will be a renowned panel of judges – Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell, MasterChef finalist and director of Hokkei Larkin Cen and president of the British Culinary Federation Peter Griffiths MBE.

Glynn said: “I’m very much looking forward to another year on the Young Chef judging panel. For up and coming chefs there’s no better way to gain experience and exposure than to take part in a competition like this. This year we’ll be looking for dishes that are created using modern techniques, taste authentic and deliver a real wow factor.”

L-R-Peter-Griffiths-MBE,-Larkin-Cen,-2015-winner-Gemma-Field,-Glynn-Purnell[3]Applicants must submit a two-course Oriental menu idea, featuring a street food starter and a quality restaurant standard main. The most inventive and mouth-watering menus will be shortlisted, and finalists will be invited to a live cook-off at University College Birmingham, on Wednesday 13 April 2016.

Wing Yip director Brian Yip said: “We’re excited to be launching Young Chef for the fourth consecutive year. Since 2013, the competition has been championing the best young chefs from all over the country, with and without backgrounds in Oriental cuisine. It’s an incredible opportunity for up-andcoming chefs to gain experience and exposure in Far Eastern cooking, and compete to win an unforgettable experience in Hong Kong.”

Entry forms can be downloaded at

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