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National Chef of the Year 2017: The Finalists Revealed

Posted on Thursday 30 June 2016

As one of the most prestigious chef competitions in the UK, and as a proud sponsor, we always look forward to the announcement of the Craft Guild of Chefs National Chef of the Year finalists. This year’s crop of chefs is without a doubt the most exciting to date, with chefs from several esteemed Michelin star restaurants, and the final of the competition is going to be tough – but who will we be seeing battle it out for the title at this year’s The Restaurant Show?

Ten minutes until the start of the competition and our judges are all ready for the challenge ahead #NCOTY

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We reveal the 10 National Chef of the Year 2017 finalists below.

Meet this year’s NCOTY finalists

40 chefs from outstanding restaurants, hotels and pubs across the country took part in the semi-final heats of the competition, which were held at Sheffield College and Le Cordon Bleu, London. To earn their place in the final, each chef was required to demonstrate their finest core culinary skills according to a thorough brief, which they were able to adapt to their own cooking style.

Following the semi-finals, we can reveal that the 10 chefs who will be going on to compete in the live final of National Chef of the Year 2017 are:

  • Danny Parker, Head Chef at House of Tides in Newcastle
  • Martin Carabott, Senior Sous Chef at The Royal Automobile Club
  • Adam Thomason, Head Chef at Restaurant Associates
  • Charles Smith, Head Chef at Alyn Williams at The Westbury
  • Liam McKenna, Head Chef at Trump International
  • James Devine, Sous Chef at EIPIC
  • Paul Foster, Chef Patron of Salt
  • Stephanie Coupland, Chef de Partie at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
  • Luciano Lucioli, Head Chef at Lusso – CH&Co
  • Kamil Wierzbowski, Sous Chef at Petrus Restaurant, Gordon Ramsay

The chefs will be required to keep their cool as the heat turns up in the live National Chef of the Year final at this year’s The Restaurant Show on October 4th. Ahead of the final, the chefs will also attend a Mentor Day at The Grove in Hertfordshire on September 5th.

Huge thank you to our #NCOTY and #YNCOTY judges in Sheffield today.

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This is when they will be presented with a ‘mystery basket’ of ingredients which they’ll be required to incorporate into their menu for the live final. Former National Chef of the Year 2015 Russell Bateman will also be conducting a masterclass with the chefs – you can read our exclusive interview with Russell during his time as NCOTY 2015 here.

See the National Chef of the Year 2017 final for yourself

Taking place three days between 3rd-5th October 2016 at London’s Olympia, The Restaurant Show is one of the biggest hospitality industry trade shows in Europe. Catering to owners, operators and staff of UK restaurants, hotels, catering companies, cafes and leisure establishments, at The Restaurant Show is where you can discover the most innovative products and services from over 400 suppliers, as well as enjoy live demonstrations and presentations from prominent chefs and industry influencers.

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As well at the live final of National Chef of the Year 2017, The Restaurant Show 2016 will also incorporate the renamed Lockhart Catering Equipment Expo for the very first time. Formerly known as The Show, read our run-down of last year’s event at Old Trafford to discover what you can expect from our showcase of the industry’s very best catering equipment. You can register your place at The Restaurant Show 2016 here.

Will you be attending The Restaurant Show? What do you think to the finalists of National Chef of the Year 2017? We’d love to hear your thoughts – leave us a comment below.