Have you got wok it takes? Wing Yip begins hunt for the next Oriental Young Chef of the Year

The Wing Yip Oriental Cookery Young Chef of the Year competition is now open.  Young chefs and catering students across the UK and Ireland who are between 18 and 25 can now enter and compete for the 2018 title. 

There will be two stages to the wholesaler’s competition, the first stage – a written entry including an Oriental recipe of choice. In Stage 2 selected finalists must take part in a live cook-off at University College Birmingham (UCB) on Wednesday March 28, 2018. At the end of a gruelling but exciting day, one lucky chef will not only be crowned Oriental Young Chef of the Year, but will also win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Hong Kong, including culinary work experience in some of the city’s top restaurants.

Putting the contestants through their paces will be a panel of expert judges – President of the British Culinary Federation Peter Griffiths, Michelin starred Chef Glynn Purnell and MasterChef finalist and Woky Ko founder, Larkin Cen.

Last year’s winner Aaron McLaughlin, catering chef at Lincoln’s Inn, recently returned from his experience in Hong Kong. He said: “Young Chef has been an incredible journey for me. The prize trip to Hong Kong was such an unbelievable opportunity and an experience I will never forget.

“Working in the city’s finest kitchens, such as the 3-Michelin starred restaurant Bo Innovation and the Hong Kong Jockey Club was incredible. I learnt some new skills and techniques from some of Hong Kong’s top chefs!

“Wing Yip’s Oriental Cookery Young Chef of the Year is a great competition where you can gain fantastic experience, meet great people, while competing for a brilliant prize. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this competition to all young chefs looking to progress in their career.”

To enter, applicants must submit an Oriental main course recipe of their choice. The most imaginative menus will be shortlisted, and finalists will be invited to a live cook-off at UCB, on Wednesday 28 March 2018, where they will cook their own dish for the judges as well as a set recipe provided by Larkin Cen.

Wing Yip director Brian Yip added: “The competition has firmly established itself on the culinary calendar. It offers an incredibly exciting opportunity for up-and-coming chefs to gain experience in Oriental cooking, gain knowledge from top chefs and compete to win an unforgettable experience in Hong Kong.”

Entry forms can be downloaded at www.wingyip.com/young-chef.

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