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Do you have the Chef-Factor?

Essential Cuisine is looking for young talented chefs to take part in its annual North West Young Chef competition. Do your puddings make the customers sing? Do your mains grab the headlines? If the answer is “yes”, then Essential want to hear from you!

What’s it all about?

North West Young Chef is well and truly on the map when it comes to competitions that are genuinely respected across the industry, and as longstanding sponsor and practical supporter, Essential Cuisine couldn’t be more proud to be part of its 10th anniversary celebrations this year.

It all began with British Masterchef Brian Mellor, who, a decade ago, had a light bulb moment. Fiercely proud of his northern roots and disappointed to see one of the region’s only competitions for young chefs disbanded, he put his money where his mouth was and launched a new battle of
brilliance, further inspired by the abundance of fantastic produce on his doorstep. North West Young Chef was born, with contenders from five counties – Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and Cumbria – pitted against each other every year in a series of high pressured cook-offs in the hope of winning a place in the final and the title.

Being Cheshire-based and run by chefs for chefs, Essential Cuisine, expert stock and sauce maker for the more discerning professional, holds the competition particularly close to its heart and is now keen to hear from candidates aged 23 or under for North West Young Chef 2013. What do they get out of it? Well, aside from critical acclaim, a stage at a top restaurant and cooking equipment, the winner of the annual challenge automatically qualifies for The National Young Chef of the Year run by the prestigious Craft Guild of Chefs.

Put yourself forward today. Go to, or email

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