Chef Paul Hollywood brings spice to competition

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Great British Bake Off Celebrity chef, Paul Hollywood, will judge the first ever National De Vere Academy Young Chef Competition in London this January.

The event is already hotting up after eight academies across the country, including one in Newport Pagnell, ran their regional heats.

Sixteen apprentices will gather in London on January 17 to cook for an expert panel of judges headed up by Paul Hollywood. He said: “It is my pleasure to be part of this competition. I have seen some of the De Vere apprentices in action and they are enthusiastic about the hospitality industry. I look forward to seeing their culinary creations and most importantly to contribute to the development of young British chefs. If I can bring a bit of inspiration to the table, that would be enough for me; I’ve heard that some of them are already in love with baking ’

The National Young Chef Competition has all the ingredients to be a major success. Kellie Rixon, MD at De Vere Academy of Hospitality ‘We spend most of our time training and inspiring the future stars of hospitality. Now it’s time to reward them. We thank Caterer and Hotel Keeper magazine, Craft Guild of Chefs, Lockharts and Villeroy and Boch for contributing to the success of this competition. Our chef apprentices are passionate about food and these finalists are putting all the effort into being successful in our industry.’

The results will be made public on January 17 when the first De Vere National Young Chef Title will find its champion.