Young National Chef of the Year: All finalists now named

There's a new addition to the list of finalists for The Craft Guild of Chefs Young National Chef of the Year.

The Ritz London's Spencer Metzger has automatically earned his place in the final because he won Young Chef of the Year, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts competition.

Mr Metzger has been called a true asset to the kitchen team at the Ritz, who has an "infectious personality", ever-expanding skills with food and a great work ethic. The praise came from the hotel's executive chef, John Williams, quoted by the Craft Guild of Chefs.

"He came to work for me aged 16 and has been with me ever since; he is a fine young chef of whom I am immensely proud, I have no doubt that he will put absolutely everything into the Craft Guild of Chefs Young National Chef of the Year," the executive chef added.

Two other chefs have, like Metzger, earned automatic seeding in the final. Julien Pickersgill (who works at House of Commons in London) got his place because he is this year's British Culinary Federation Young Chef of the Year, while the highest achiever at the Graduate Awards from the Craft Guild of Chefs, Josh Bingham, has also been seeded because of his achievement here. He works at Oxfordshire's Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons.

The other finalists were selected in June's Young National Chef of the Year semi-final heats. They are April Lily Partridge (The Club at The Ivy), Claire Willett (Bedfordshire's Wyboston Lakes), Daniel Lee (Surrey's Brooklands Hotel), James Goodyear (Oxfordshire's Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons) and Luke Selby (from the same venue).

All the finalists will be involved in a final challenge before a live audience in October.

Meanwhile, The Academy of Food & Wine Service recently gave word of the start of this year's UK Restaurant Manager of the Year award, and is accepting entries for this until August 30th.

Anyone who is a restaurant manager can enter. People in similar hospitality jobs which make them responsible for business performance, staff training and management and operation coordination are also eligible. 

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency to help source hospitality recruitment jobs.