NECTA & CCS on the hunt for the North East’s next future chef

Apr 14, 2016 | Business

The North East Culinary Trade Association (NECTA) and Continental Chef Supplies are inviting students from colleges around the region to take part in NECTA Future Chef of the Year 2016.

Additionally, for the first time in NECTA Future Chef history and following an increase of high standard entries, the competition has been opened up to neighbouring regions including the North West and Yorkshire.

This is a life changing opportunity for ambitious young chefs to compete against one another to showcase their culinary skills, as well as develop their skills and create an invaluable platform for their future careers within the hospitality and catering industry.

Douglas Jordan, Chairman of NECTA said: “NECTA Future chef is the only competition of its kind in our regions. As well as the opportunity to win a host of career changing prizes, it gives all aspiring young chefs who take part the opportunity to develop their careers within the industry by giving them the ongoing support they need to succeed – last year’s winner now works at Le Manoir with the help of the NECTA Future Chef platform!”

“NECTA Future Chef also gives established chefs the opportunity to mentor and work alongside these talented participants to prepare them for the competition, and with the standard and quality of the entrants being so high, it’s clear to see why chefs are keen to get involved in this event. It’s a testament to the hard work of the students and the colleges alike”.

Both NECTA and CCS are supporting with all steps of the competition process and this includes providing tableware, equipment and judging assistance.

The finalists from each college will then be paired with a professional mentor for a week, to assist and support them with their final competition preparation. Those confirmed so far include Peace & Loaf Head Chef & MasterChef: The Professionals finalist David Coulson.

The winner of the final competition will receive a 1 week residential trip to Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir to work alongside some of the biggest names in the culinary world as well as a host of other prizes.

The Future Chef of the Year awards will take place at Newcastle Racecourse on 28th April 2016.