On the hunt for the nation’s best chefs

Annual Country Range challenge aims to discover latest batch of young hopefuls

A selection of the nation’s brightest young chefs will duke it out to prove they’ve got what it takes in the kitchen, after the Country Range Student Chef Challenge was launched.

It’s the 25th anniversary since the foodservice wholesaler’s maiden cooking competition was held, with the competition growing in stature over the past quarter of a century, with a string of top talent taking on the challenge since it began.

Lecturers and college students are being urged to enter 2019’s competition, which is run in collaboration with the Craft Guild of Chefs.

This year’s winning team of three chefs will get the chance to take up a day’s work experience at a Michelin-starred restaurant, along with a foodie tour of London, which will include a fish-filleting masterclass from an expert fishmonger at Billingsgate Market.

To be in with a chance of winning, teams of three student chefs have to produce a three-course, four-cover menu that includes an Asian-themed seabags starter, a duck main and a classic dessert with a modern twist that is made of at least 30% of Country Range Chocolate Drops.

Entrants will be judged on essential core skills and techniques studied on a second-year professional cookery course and will test students’ knowledge of classic and modern cooking.

For more details about the competition and how to enter, visit the Country Range Student Chef website.

chefs Competition Country Range Craft Guild of Chefs Student Chef Challenge