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Blue Arrow invites top Chefs to step up to the plate

Leading recruiter launches Chef of the Year 2014 competition

Leading hospitality recruitment company Blue Arrow is on the hunt for Britain's best culinary talent as it launches its Chef of the Year 2014 competition today.
The competition is now open to gourmet hopefuls from across the country to battle it out in the kitchen for the coveted title of Blue Arrow Chef of the Year 2014, following its successful trial in 2013.

The company that places over 15,000 hospitality professionals into permanent and temporary roles every year, has secured a high profile judging panel for this year's contest, including Jim Norris from Gather & Gather and Harrods' Resident Sous Chef Allister Bishop.

The first challenge for competitors is developing a three course menu for four; this needs to be prepared within two hours and has to use a range of seasonal summer ingredients. The deadline for the initial stage of the competition is Friday 30th May. From this stage, the panel will announce up to 10 semi-finalists. These will be announced during June and successful candidates invited to battle it out during a master chef style cook off in August. This will take place in a regional venue driven by the location of the semi-finalists.

Finalists will be confirmed in September and will need to be ready to prepare menus in front of the panel of famous chefs and an audience at a grand final on November 6th 2014. The winner will become Blue Arrow's Resident Chef, providing regular contributions to the Blue Arrow Chef World website, as well as act as Company Ambassador, in addition to winning a gourmet weekend for two.

Charlotte Rush, Head of Marketing & Communications from Blue Arrow, comments: "We know there is some fantastic talent out there, we are keen to recognise and reward it. The competition provides an excellent platform for chefs to show off their skills and ultimately raise their profile in the high end catering sector.

She concluded: "We are looking forward to receiving the entries and are confident the competition will once again be tough, underpinning the level of talent and passion in the market."

Sudha Saha from the Saffron Group, Judge for the 2014 competition, comments: "This is an outstanding opportunity to support the hospitality industry, it allows chefs from all sectors the chance to really showcase their talent, and it will be the ultimate test of skill for entrants with the opportunity to be crowned Blue Arrow Chef of the Year 2014."

Last year's winner, Richard Skinner, said: “It is a great feeling to be recognised for my achievement. I am now really enjoying my role as resident chef at Blue Arrow.”

Now in its second year, the competition has been designed to recognise the pool of culinary talent in the UK and is open to all chefs. For further information regarding the competition and entry guidelines please visit

The hospitality industry contributes significantly to the UK economy, more than 2.4 million people are employed in it and it provides a 2.5 % incomes stream to the UK's total income. The industry is known for its fast pace hard work and high turnover.  According to Blue Arrow, the long term employment trends are positive with a big focus across the sector in improving training through academies and apprenticeship schemes to meet the demand for highly skilled catering staff.

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