Wing Yip’s annual chef competition open for entries

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Oriental food wholesaler Wing Yip’s annual Young Chef of the Year competition is now open to 18-25 year-old chefs and catering students across the UK and Ireland. 


A two-stage process consists of a written entry, including an oriental recipe of choice, with the selected finalists then taking part in a live cook-off at University College Birmingham on 4 April.

Once the winner is crowned, they will win a £750 cash prize, as well as a stage with MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen at his restaurant Woky Ko.

The panel of judges includes Cen, president of the British Culinary Federation Peter Griffiths and Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell.

Griffiths said: “Competitors don’t necessarily have to have extensive experience in oriental cuisine, it’s about being creative and cooking something that sounds, looks and tastes delicious!”

The winner of last year’s event, Conor Bird, chef de partie at the House of Commons, said: “I would definitely recommend young chefs enter. It has a massive impact on who you are as a chef and what you learn is just incredible, I learnt some invaluable skills.”

To enter, applicants must submit a traditional street-food starter served in a suitable container and main course of their choice, which must be served in a bowl. The most imaginative menus will be shortlisted.

Brian Yip, director at Wing Yip, added: “The competition has firmly established itself in the culinary calendar since we launched it seven years ago. Wing Yip’s Young Chef offers an exciting opportunity for budding chefs to gain hands on experience in Oriental cooking, while gaining industry knowledge from renowned chefs.”

 A two-stage process consists of a written entry, including an oriental recipe of choice, with the selected finalists then taking part in a live cook-off at University College Birmingham on 4 April.

Once the winner is crowned, they will win a £750 cash prize, as well as a stage with MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen at his restaurant Woky Ko.

The panel of judges includes Cen, president of the British Culinary Federation Peter Griffiths and Michelin-starred chef Glynn Purnell.

Griffiths said: “Competitors don’t necessarily have to have extensive experience in oriental cuisine, it’s about being creative and cooking something that sounds, looks and tastes delicious!”

The winner of last year’s event, Conor Bird, chef de partie at the House of Commons, said: “I would definitely recommend young chefs enter. It has a massive impact on who you are as a chef and what you learn is just incredible, I learnt some invaluable skills.”

To enter, applicants must submit a traditional street-food starter served in a suitable container and main course of their choice, which must be served in a bowl. The most imaginative menus will be shortlisted.

Brian Yip, director at Wing Yip, added: “The competition has firmly established itself in the culinary calendar since we launched it seven years ago. Wing Yip’s Young Chef offers an exciting opportunity for budding chefs to gain hands on experience in Oriental cooking, while gaining industry knowledge from renowned chefs.”

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Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. Paul can be found on Twitter on @BW_PaulHill, or can be contacted via paul.hill@newtrade.co.uk and 020 7689 3376.

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