Talented young chefs prepare to go head to head in the North West Young Chef of the Year competition

PUBLISHED: 09:33 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:33 19 May 2017

North West Young Chef of the Year, Daniela Tucci, at The Art School Restaurant, Liverpool.

North West Young Chef of the Year, Daniela Tucci, at The Art School Restaurant, Liverpool.


Things are hotting up for some of the region’s talented young chefs. They have got through the challenge of the county heats and now six finalists from across the region will go head to head for a chance to be named North West Young Chef of the Year.

Lancashire and the Lake District are flying the flag with five of the final line-up coming from these areas. Last year’s winner Daniela Tucci and colleague Kieran Gill from The Art School in Liverpool, Ryan Lee from Ambleside’s Rothay Manor, Thomas Reeves from two Michelin star establishment L’Enclume and Mai Trising from The Black Swan in Kirkby Stephen will join Cheshire’s Cyril Gabriel in the final at Manchester College’s Fielden Campus. Two winners, two runners up and two wildcards make up the final line-up at the Essential Cuisine organised event which is supported by Lancashire Life.

Alongside the kudos of being crowned the North West Young Chef for 2017, the winner will receive £500 and automatically qualify for the semi-finals of the Craft Guild of Chefs’ Young National Chef of the Year competition, where they will square off against the best young chefs from the rest of the country. Prior to the final, the six chefs will be treated to an inspirational masterclass with chef patron of Manchester’s The French, Adam Reid.

The chefs will then create three local and seasonal courses in a bid to wow the panel of judges who include chairman of judges Brian Mellor and Jonathan Harvey-Barnes, Essential Cuisine’s business development chef.

Jonathan said: ‘Across the two semi-finals, each young chef impressed with their skill, meticulous menu planning and execution. In the end, we have six extremely worthy finalists.

‘The margins between winners, runners-up and even our wildcards are so narrow that it is going to be very hard to call. I can’t wait to see the chefs in action again where there can be only one winner.’


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