Young Pasty Chef of the Year 2024

Tuesday, June 18, 2024 University College Birmingham

The Young Pastry Chef of the Year competition has opened for entry to any pastry chefs aged 23 and under on the 1st  March 2024.

The candidate should be working in a hotel or restaurant kitchen, banqueting, college student or within any corporate or event catering environment. To enter chefs have to submit a plated dessert for four covers with pictures.

If you are successful and reach the final on 18th June 2024 at University College Birmingham – you will be asked to create these additional challenges:  

  • Plated restaurant dessert (four Portions)
  • Produce All butter Puff Pastry
  • Moulded Praline/ Bon Bon
  • Create a dessert using poached fruit & Tilda Jasmin Rice



Chair of Judges, Claire Clark, Thomas Leatherbarrow, Matt Owens, Michelle Gilliot Stuart McLeod , Barry Johnson , Daniel Ayton.


Judging Criteria

Flavour 30% Presentation 25% Innovation 15 %  Hygiene 10%   Working Method 20%

A Maximum of 10 points for each will be deducted for wastage and timings

Only judges and competitors may taste the products and final dishes


Event Schedule

Arrive from 9am -on the day and given time to set up -with refreshments available

Start time 11am for all competitors - the competition will last 4 hours - finish at 3 pm

Prep time for set up before the competition starts and finish your Puff Pastry on the Nowah / Kemplex Dough Sheeter

Presentation will be at 3.45 -with refreshments and special canapes to discuss


All entries to Murray Chapman before 26th March and the finalists will be notified on the 24th April - any queries contact a panel of industry experts will select the 8 finalists.