Submissions for the National Chef of the Year 2021 (NCOTY) have opened, with contenders being asked to tell their story of the 2020 pandemic through food.
As part of the competition, the judges want to learn about each chef and “capture the essence” of what the last year has meant for them through their menus.
Each course has its own theme taking into account a different element of what every chef has experienced. For example, chefs must create a vegetarian starter incorporating ingredients on the Knorr Future 50 Foods list.
The winner will receive the culinary award and will take home a host of prizes including culinary experiences, equipment and funded trips.
Paul Ainsworth said: “When looking at the competition this year, we discussed the highs of the 2020 event and explored which elements we could keep and develop to ensure NCOTY stays relevant and exciting.
“This year the brief gives chefs more freedom than ever to create a menu that is personal to them, to their love of food and their style of cooking.”
He added: “I’m a huge believer in telling a story through food and can’t wait to see the creativity on display as these menus come in and learning about the chefs’ personalities through their food.
“The winning menu is one I want to see go down in history as a true reflection of the part food has played in the Covid-19 pandemic.”