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Young Chef Young Waiter contest coming to Toronto this October

August 29, 2022

The first-ever Canadian national Young Chef Young Waiter contest (YCYW) is now officially open to industry professionals, including chefs and servers based in Canada, under the age of 26 years. The competition will be held in Toronto and will focus on sustainability in hospitality and support the education and development of homegrown talent.

Established in 1979 in the UK, the Young Chef Young Waiter contest is organized by Nth Degree Global in partnership with UKHospitality and the Restaurant Association, to promote hospitality as a long-term career future.

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Online entries for the Canadian Young Chef Young Waiter contest opened August 8th with video submissions and a questionnaire for the competitors at Entries are complimentary, and will close on September 16th, 2022, after which the judging panel will shortlist six finalists for both categories.

The grand finale of six chefs and six waiters will see the finalists face culinary and service challenges, in front of a panel of experts. Made up of top figures from Canada’s hospitality sector and industry professionals with world-class skills, the expert judges are well known advocates for new talent as well as staunch supporters of food culture and will help competitors advance their careers and achieve their goals.

The Canadian launch announcement moves the contest further onto the international stage this year, with the live, two-day Canadian Finals taking place in Toronto in October. Winners move on to the World Finals, scheduled for November 15-17th, in Monaco.

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