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Matt Abé and Russell Bateman Take The Lead In National Chef Of The Year And Young National Chef Of The Year Competitions

Matt Abé (Left) – Russell Bateman (Right)

In what has been a hugely anticipated announcement the Craft Guild of Chefs has confirmed who will be the next Chairs of Judges in its leading culinary competitions. On Instagram earlier today, organiser of the competition, David Mulcahy revealed that Matt Abé, chef patron at three Michelin starred, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay is the new Chair of Judges for National Chef of the Year (NCOTY). Former NCOTY winner and head chef at the Falcon Hotel, Russell Bateman has been unveiled as Chair for the Young National Chef of the Year competition.

Competition director and food innovation & sustainability director at Sodexo UK and Ireland, David Mulcahy commented: “The Craft Guild of Chefs prides itself on the rigorous judging process we have in the National Chef of the Year competition, and this is always strengthened by us selecting some of the most influential chefs in the UK to chair it. We are delighted to welcome Matt Abé as our new NCOTY Chair and we know he will have a huge impact on the success of the competition. To be able to put your dishes in front of a chef that has achieved as much as Matt has will be a huge honour for everyone who enters.”

Over the last few weeks, Matt has been working with David to create the brief for this year’s competition which they hope will entice some of the top chefs in the UK and Ireland to enter when the competition launches.

Matt Abé, chef patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay said: “With Gordon being a former National Chef of the Year winner and having judged it previously myself, I know it’s a competition that is very much on most chef’s radar. I’m so proud to be the new Chair of Judges and see what I can bring to the event. I want to push new things and continue to grow this amazing competition, celebrating the incredible talent that we have in the UK.”

The Young National Chef of the Year competition will launch later this year and previous winners of other chef competitions will be invited to enter. Russell Bateman, head chef at the Falcon Hotel told us: “I absolutely love these competitions and so this is a real honour for me to lead the judging process for Young National Chef of the Year. Nurturing young talent is something I am extremely passionate about and having chaired the Graduate Awards previously it seems the right next step to take to follow and support these young chefs’ journeys.”

More information about both of these competitions can be found at