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Who will produce the dish of the day at UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year 2017?

FOLLOWING on from last year's exciting UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition, the net has been cast once again to catch the next budding chef.

Who will produce the dish of the day at UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year 2017?

Established in 1996 by the Grimsby Institute, the competition is open to all full-time and college based apprentice chefs under the age of 25. Highly regarded across the seafood industry for the valuable experience it gives to contestants, the competition provides young chefs with a platform to demonstrate their flair, understanding, skill and ability using seafood from sustainable sources.

This year competition finalists will be judged by celebrity chef, Ben Bartlett (BBQ Ben), Nikki Hawkins, events manager at Seafish, Serge Nollent, product group development manager at Young's and Franck Pontais, private chef and food consultant.

For the first time in the competitions' history, the winners will also be hosted by Koppert Cress, global growers of Micro-Greens for a four day culinary experience which will include; two days spent in two different starred restaurants, full tour of Koppert Cress facilities and growing gardens, one day spent discovering what food pairing is with their very own CressCoach and on the final day they will sample new trends and visit markets.

Last year there were no finalists taking part from Grimsby. Third-placed was West College Scotland; second placed Westminster Kingsway College; first placed was another duo from Westminster Kingsway College.

Teams of two are invited to enter the competition by post creating a three course menu using specially selected seafood species from sustainable sources with entries accepted until Thursday, March 30, 2017.

Successful entries will take part in the regional heats which will take place throughout the UK in May with the much anticipated grand final being held at the Grimsby institute's University Centre Grimsby on Tuesday, June 13.

The teams through to the final will attend a gala dinner, hosted by sponsors at The Brackenborough Hotel on the evening before the competition where they will get the chance to meet fellow competitors and some of the judges.

The main sponsors for 2017 are Seafish, Young's, Thermomix, Russums, Oak Ridge Group and Koppert Cress.There is a host of prizes on offer for the winning team including; £500 for each team member, a Thermomix TM31 food Processor, £1,000 voucher for the winning college to spend on Russums catering equipment.

To find out more about the competition or to submit an entry, please visit

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