Chef of the Future Contest 2014

Chef of the Future Meal 2013We would like to challenge all chefs to take part in Chef of the Future 2014, Cordon Vert's annual vegetarian cookery contest to find the best chef in the UK.

We are in our sixth year of the competition and have continued to see some unbelievable food being created by our finalists each time. We are looking forward to this year's contest and hope you will enter.

A full list of the rules and a competition FAQ is available to view online.

No audience members will be allowed for the event, but keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages for all the action throughout the day.

How to Enter
Stage 1
The first stage of the competition requires you to write a three course menu to serve four people that is suitable for vegetarians. By the closing date for initial entries on Wednesday 16 April 2014 you must have submitted to us:

• your three course menu to serve four people
• the completed entry form
• your menu’s complete ingredients list with weights and measures included
• detailed descriptions of each dish (presentation and photos optional)

Initial entries are to be sent to: Alex Connell, Cordon Vert, The Vegetarian Society, Dunham Road, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 4QG. We can accept copies by fax on 0161 926 9182.
Stage 2
The best entries will be shortlisted and invited to participate in a live ‘Cook Off’ where they will be expected to recreate their full menu, within three hours, here at the Vegetarian Society in Altrincham. The date of the finals is Wednesday 21 May 2014. Full details about the live finals can be found on our FAQ page.
The winner of the award will receive the following. No cash alternatives are available for the winner. The Cordon Vert School’s decision on any disputes or matters will be final.
• a fully funded place on the Cordon Vert Professional Diploma training week (worth in excess of £1,600)
• a personalised Cordon Vert Chef of the Future jacket
• a trophy and bottle of champagne
• one year membership to the Vegetarian Society

Further Information
If you would like further details phone Principal Tutor, Alex Connell, on 0161 925 2000 or email

The winner will be announced in National Vegetarian Week (19-25 May 2014). All entrants must be provisionally available to attend on the date of the live final at the time of entry.

Brief Timeline of the Competition

  • Competition launches January 2014.
  • Closing date for written entries is Wednesday 16 April.
  • Finalists will be notified one week later.
  • Top four entries will be shortlisted and invited to compete in the live ‘Cook Off’ held at the Vegetarian Society’s headquarters on Wednesday 21 May.
  • The competition winner will be decided on the day of the ‘Cook Off’.
  • The new champion will be announced during National Vegetarian Week (19-25 May).
Chef of the Future Meal 2013

Last year's title was claimed by chef Gary Ashley, pictured here with the other finalists.

Not only was Gary crowned champion, he became the first chef to retain the title by winning two consecutive finals.

The contest produced some truly imaginative food as you can tell from their fantastic menus. You can also see previous year's finals from 2011 and 2012.

2014 Contest Information

Chef of the Future Contest Entry Form

Full Contest Rules


Previous Contest Info

2013 Finalists

2012 Finalists

2011 Finalists


Notes for editors
• For more press information please contact Su Taylor on 0161 925 2012 or 07973 108 165.
• For images of past winners, their menus or comments please contact the press office.
• A vegetarian does not eat any meat, poultry, game, fish, shellfish or crustacea, or the by-products of slaughter.
• Diary date: National Vegetarian Week 2014 is from 19-25 May, contact Su for a press pack.
• The winner of the award will receive a fully funded place on the Cordon Vert Professional Diploma training week (worth in excess of £1,600)
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