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13th March 2024

Ascot Racecourse set to host 2024 Young Chef Young Waiter England competition

Written by: Edward Waddell
The Young Chef Young Waiter (YCYW) England competition is back as it returns to Ascot Racecourse on St. George's Day (April 23rd).

YCYW England welcomes young hospitality professionals who are 28 years-old or under from any background, to showcase their talents. This competition provides an opportunity for emerging talents to showcase their skills on a global platform.

Applications for the 2024 YCYW England competition are now officially open, inviting aspiring chefs, waiters, and mixologists from across the country to showcase their talent and dedication to the craft. How to Apply:

  • Entry is free for young professional Mixologists who are 28 years-old or under from any background
  • Applicants entering WordYY must be available to take part in the world final competition scheduled for early November 2024
  • To apply and learn more, visit
  • The deadline for submissions is March 23rd 2024

Robert Walton MBE, chairman of WorldYY, said: "I am deeply excited about the upcoming Young Chef Young Waiter England competition, now in its remarkable 45th year, a platform celebrating young talent within our vibrant industry. To all aspiring talents, I wholeheartedly encourage your participation in this extraordinary event.

“Young Chef Young Waiter serves as a great platform for career growth, offering invaluable opportunities to engage with esteemed industry professionals, cultivate new skills, and foster enduring connections. The esteemed venue of Royal Ascot hosting YCYW England adds to the excitement, and I eagerly anticipate meeting this year's finalists.”

Finalists will be judged by a panel of esteemed culinary experts, food critics, and industry leaders including Adam Handling MBE, Mario Perera, Michael Kwan, Sam Lee and Roy Ner.

Handling added: “YCYW is such an important competition, and I can’t wait to see what the contestants will bring this year. This competition encourages the next generation of enthusiastic young talent in hospitality roles and pushes them to be the best that they can be. The restaurant world is changing and YCYW is there to help them evolve and adapt, nurturing the exciting and fresh talent they already bring.”