The Competition To ENTER!!!

The life of a chef is a passionate, creative and rewarding existence with a continual learning curve throughout their career. Delifresh exists to connect, engage and drive our love for food throughout our amazing occupation of being a chef.

The Delifresh Young Chef of the Year competition was born to give excitement back to our fabulous industry, showcasing the outstanding young talent we have in the trade and giving them a springboard to catapult their career and profile for all to see.

This competition will never be about Delifresh. It's always been about the chef and their ability to excite all our minds as we unite together in our Love For Food.

The competition is here!

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“What an INCREDIBLE, PROACTIVE & MOST OUTSTANDING competition - Well Done, Delifresh, the 2023 Young Chef Of The Year, has been a pleasure to be involved in.”

Simon Crannage - Grantley Hall

The GRAND Final 2023

November 14th brought a crescendo to the competition as nine of our regional finalists attended the FANTASTIC Grand Hotel York to cook their hearts out for the judges so we could hunt out the most passionate, skilled and enthused chef on the big day

The Grand Hotel York was built in 1906 as a palace of business for the headquarters of the Northern Eastern railway. An unbelievable restoration occurred in 2010, with an extension in 2017 to make it a beuatiful 5-star establishment.

The facilities at The Grand were perfect for the competition, with a state-of-the-art cookery school hosting individual stations for the chefs, amazing suppliers attended in our supplier showcase room with canapes and hospitality for our guests and brilliant service for all.

The cooking commenced at 10:30 with a strict 3-hour time frame to complete their master dishes in readiness to be judged.

Who was crowned our winner? | YCOY 2023

Sara Szmit - Shaun Rankin Restaurant

Age: 19

Heat: Yorkshire

Head chef: Tom Board

Industry: 3 years

Reaching the finals has given me the opportunity to develop my skills further and learn new techniques along with meeting highly skilled chefs and getting valued feedback after presenting dishes I have developed.

Sara really amazed the judges across the board with her skills and final dishes presented, she will be heading to Caworth park to do a starge with Adam Smith, aswell as heading to Norway and Rungis with us as part of her prize.

Huge congratulations to Sara!

Do you think you've got what it takes? | Don't forget to enter

Would you like to be a sponsor?

We would not be able to carry out this competition without the help of our sponsors, from goody bags and produce to prizes - we have had an AMAZING level of support from both our suppliers and customers!

Without this fantastic network of help, this competition would not exist, so a huge thank you to all who supported the event.

The final brought over 200 people together to celebrate our winner - (Sara Szmit). Standing in that room with like-minded people all coming together to celebrate our combined LOVE FOR FOOD was so heatwarming to be part of.

Would you like to be a 2024 sponsor? If so Get in touch!

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