Country Range Student Chef Challenge to return in 2022

Future chefs will get the chance to cook for glory again after it was announced the Country Range Student Chef Challenge would return in 2022.

The annual competition – run in partnership with the Craft Guild of Chefs – was shelved in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but will return to put teams of hospitality and catering students to the test.

Entrants will need to be in teams of three and full-time students from colleges around England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

As well as the prestige of winning, victorious chefs will receive an overnight stay, meal and a stage working at a Michelin star restaurant.

“From speaking to lecturers and students, there is no doubt the lack of catering competitions has left a serious gap in the experience and enjoyment of hospitality students,” said Marketing Manager Kate Bancroft.

“As a group, it is of paramount importance that we continue to nurture and support the next generation of chefs and the incredible colleges and lecturers working behind the scenes so we’re excited at the return of the Country Range Student Chef Challenge in 2022.”

The application process is now open and close on 26 November 2021 before heats take place early next year, followed by the final at Excel in London on 22 March 2022.

“We’ve missed it, the lecturers have missed it and by God have the students missed it so it’s terrific to have the Country Range Student Chef Challenge back,” added Chris Basten from Craft Guild of Chefs.

“The lack of competitions has left a huge gap in the learning and enjoyment factor for many hospitality students. After being cooped up for the last 18 months, I’m expecting to see more interest than ever and believe this could be the biggest and best year yet.”

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