M Restaurant and Bookatable by Michelin in association with Champagne Pommery have announced the second Young Chef of the Year competition. The contest will see talent from across the UK competing for the title and a chance to host their own five day pop-up at M RAW in Victoria Street.
Aspiring young chefs under the age of 29 are required to submit a four-course menu at £45 per head together with costings for 50 covers. The best entrants will be asked to cook a dish for M Group executive chef Michael Reid and guest judges in two regional competition rounds held in London and Manchester.
The top 20 finalists will be invited to M RAW in Victoria Street to cook in a series of pop-up takeover nights from 3-28 July, with diners and judges voting for their favourite. During pop-up week entrants’ menus will be judged by M Restaurant owner Martin Williams, M Group executive chef Michael Reid, as well as leading chefs and industry figures including Adam Handling, Andy Lynes, Claudio Cardoso, Cyrus Todiwala, Daniel Watkins, Jose Pizarro, Michael Wignall, Richard Bainbridge, Selin Kiazim and Tom Kemble.
Prize categories include: Young Chef of the Year Winner, Young Chef of the Year Runner Up, Best Dish as voted by the judges and Best Social Campaign as voted by Bookatable. The winner and runner up will receive a five-day pop-up residency each at M RAW. The winner will also receive a trip to Champagne and a set of Kin Knives. Winners will be announced on 31 July at an awards ceremony.