Glynn Purnell’s search for a top young chef

Birmingham-based Wing Yip, the UK’s leading Oriental grocer, is gearing up for the launch of its latest Young Chef of the Year competition.

The competition is open to chefs and catering students aged from 18 to 25 across the country.
Following an initial paper entry, there will be a live cook-off where one chef will win a trip to Hong Kong, including culinary work experience in some of the city’s top eateries.
Now in its fourth year, the nationwide competition has firmly established itself on the culinary calendar.
Putting the contestants through their paces will be judges including Michelin-starred Brummie chef Glynn Purnell and president of the British Culinary Federation Peter Griffiths MBE.
Young Chefs in action
Glynn said: “I’m very much looking forward to another year on the Young Chef judging panel.
“For up and coming chefs there’s no better way to gain experience and exposure than to take part in a competition like this.
“This year we’ll be looking for dishes that are created using modern techniques, taste authentic and deliver a real wow factor.”
Applicants must submit a two-course Oriental menu idea, featuring a street food starter and a quality restaurant standard main.
The most inventive and mouth-watering menus will be shortlisted, and finalists will be invited to a live cook-off at University College Birmingham, on Wednesday, April 13. 
Wing Yip director Brian Yip said: “We’re excited to be launching Young Chef for the fourth consecutive year.
“Since 2013, the competition has been championing the best young chefs from all over the country, with and without backgrounds in Oriental cuisine.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for up-and-coming chefs to gain experience and exposure in Far Eastern cooking, and compete to win an unforgettable experience in Hong Kong.” 
Entry forms can be downloaded at

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