Culinary Artists have a good knowledge of all aspects of a modern kitchen including basic butchery, fishmongery and bakery, along with good cookery and presentation skills.

Responsible for the high-quality production of food served to customers in a retail dining situation; culinary artists work with raw ingredients to create complex and intricate dishes to be served to customers. They may also be responsible for the creative aspect of compiling a menu.

This competition assesses the skills and abilities of competitors entering the field of Culinary Arts. Candidates will be expected to have a good knowledge of all aspects of a modern kitchen, along with good cookery and presentation skills and be familiar with the core competencies.

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The skills you need to demonstrate

  • Creativity

  • Time management

  • Work under pressure

  • Hygiene

  • Attention to detail

  • Safe handling of equipment

  • Nutritional science

  • Communication skills

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Entry criteria

  • This is an individual competition.
  • There is no limit to the number of competitors permitted to enter this competition per organisation.
  • Competitors must be familiar with the core competencies (these can be found in the ‘Useful resources’ section below) and must not have more than 3 years’ industry experience.

How it works

Registrations are now open and close midnight 28th March 2024.

The entry stage will be sent after registrations closes, on the 19th of April. Competitors will be expected to complete the entry test within forty-five minuets and submit the entry test on the same day of the entry release date.

The qualifiers will be taking place in the following venues:

Bedford College, 30th May
Hull College, 5th June
Edinburgh College, 12th June
Cardiff and Vale College, 18th June
Belfast metropolitan College, 26th June

To help finalists prepare ahead of the UK Final, we will provide relevant technical training and share mindset development techniques, to support them to remain focused on achieving success.

National finals will take place between the 18th-22nd November 2024 in Manchester (venues TBC)

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