Country Range Student Chef Challenge open for entries

Country Range’s annual Student Chef Challenge is now open for registrations ahead of the judging deadline on the 1st December.

Run in collaboration with the Craft Guild of Chefs, who provide competition-standard judging and vital feedback to the students throughout the process, the Country Range Student Chef Challenge has been a developing talent for over 25 years the earlier kick-off date is aiming to help colleges recruit new students to their hospitality and catering courses during the summer months.

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Focusing on the essential core skills and techniques that culinary students are taught in college and carefully designed in line with the NVQ syllabus to assess both classical and modern cooking techniques, this year’s Challenge is open to teams of three student chefs studying hospitality or catering courses at college.

Following the paper judging, regional heats will take place in early 2024 before the live Grand Final at the HRC Show at Excel in March.

The focus for this year’s competition is “Love Local” and challenges teams to discover and showcase the best of their local area. With the world becoming more connected and global food trends often taking the headlines, it is easy to forget the wonders on our own doorsteps.

Graham Caldwell, Country Range Group marketing manager and Challenge Organiser, said: “We’re thrilled to get the next edition of the Country Range Student Chef Challenge under way and by bringing the launch date forward before the colleges break up, we’re hoping to make it easier for lecturers and teams to prepare and enter. It’s imperative that we continue to support student chefs as they enter the hospitality world and show them how fantastic and rewarding a career in catering can really be.”

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Paul Hill is the Editor of Better Wholesaling. He can be found on Twitter at @BW_PaulHill, or contacted via and 07960935659.


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