The North East Culinary and Trade Awards (NECTA) is delighted to announce the return of its prestigious annual event at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle on the 13th – 14th May 2024.

The two-day event will feature the North East Chef of the Year (sponsored by Crosbys Catering Supplies) and Young Chef of the Year (sponsored by Pink Lane Bakery) competitions on Monday 13th May 2024, followed by the NECTA Inter-College Competitions (sponsored by Erudus), open to regional colleges, on Tuesday 14th May 2024.

Now in its 17th year, the NECTA Awards looks to showcase the region’s most outstanding talent whilst raising aspirations for those in the industry.

Open to both industry and the public, the region’s most prominent culinary and catering exhibition will once again feature alongside the HITS Expo, a celebration of the best in tourism and hospitality from across the North East. As well as the professional and inter-college competitions, there will also be industry insight sessions, skills demonstrations, recruitment hubs and trade stands showcasing the best of the region’s hotels, restaurants, suppliers and tourism destinations.

CEO of Food and Drink North East, and Chair of NECTA Chris Jewitt said. “Over the years, the NECTA event has become an important highlight of the region’s culinary calendar connecting some of the region’s best emerging talent with the North East’s thriving culinary scene and responding to the skills requirement within the industry. The feedback from last year’s event was fantastic, and we are looking to further that work and continue to innovate, grow and expand on the success of the event.”




Sponsored by

North East

Chef of the Year

Sponsored by
Crosbys Catering Supplies

Young North East

Chef of the Year

Sponsored by
Pink Lane Bakery

Funded by and in Partnership with Destination North East England
Thank you to our HITS Expo and NECTA 2024 sponsors: