NECTA North East Chef of the Year 2024 sponsored by Crosbys Catering Supplies

NECTA North East Chef of the Year 2024 sponsored by Crosbys Catering Supplies

NECTA North East Chef of the Year 2024 sponsored by Crosbys Catering Supplies

North East Chef of the Year 2024

Sponsored by Crosbys Catering Supplies

Monday 13th May 2024, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Newcastle

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 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.

As a North East supplier to chefs for 34 years and a long term supporter of NECTA, we at Crosbys feel honoured to have been asked to sponsor this prestigious North East Chef of the Year event.

Now, as part of the IG group, we feel we can fully support the work and innovation of the North East’s up-and-coming chefs and look forward to this year’s event which should see cooking at the very highest level.

Roger Crosby

General Manager, Crosbys Catering Supplies

North East Chef of The Year, sponsored by Crosbys Catering Supplies, is an open call to chefs from any sector of the industry from independent restaurants, caterers, public service or caterers.

Please note, this competition is not open to previous winners of NECTA.

All entrants must develop a 3 course menu with a written explanation as to why core ingredients have been chosen.

The menu theme should be; ‘green gastronomy‘ with all chefs demonstrating a sound knowledge of key sustainability themes such as food miles, food waste, climate protection and ethical ingredient sourcing. (View the full brief here.)

Menus must also show a clear awareness of seasonal local produce and demonstrate the chefs knowledge of local supply chain showcasing culinary ingredients from across the North East where possible.

All entries will be judged on their knowledge of the ingredients and local supply base, ambition and creativity, time management and presentation skills.

All entries MUST be uploaded as PDF document and a £25 administration fee paid.

Successful entrants will be notified in writing by the Chairman of Judges. If your entry is successful, you must provide the Chairman of Judges a recipe and method for each course on the day of the competition.

Selected chefs will be responsible for providing ALL ingredients for their dishes as well as supporting equipment outside what is already provided by the competition (see Hot Live Theatre Guidelines).

On the day of the competition, competitors will be judged on self discipline and organisation, creativity and flair, technical ability and presentation.

Only SIX chefs will be given 2 HOURS AND 45 MINS to compete.

PRIZE: Dinner, Bed, and Breakfast at Hjem, a Michelin-starred restaurant at The Hadrian Hotel in Northumberland.


All applicants will receive email confirmation that their application has been submitted.

All applicants will receive confirmation by mid-April as to whether or not they will progress to the live stage of the competition.

North East Chef of the Year 2024 Entry Form

North East Chef of the Year 2024 Entry Form

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