Young Chef Young Waiter England 2022 Winners Announced

The winners of the Young Chef Young Waiter UK England competition were announced last night at a special awards ceremony at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. The finalists competed over two days at the University College of Birmingham. The two winners will go on to compete in the spectacular World YCYW Final in Monaco, 15 – 16 November 2022.


















The winners were chosen out of 14 finalists by our YCYW England Head Chef Judge, Adam Handling and YCYW England Head Waiter Judge, Simon King, alongside other leading figures in the hospitality industry – Mario Perera, Michael Kwan, Simon Helier, Andy Downton, Johanna Wimmer, Alessandro Calzavacca & Craig Hancox.

World Young Chef Young Waiter was supported by Arla Pro, Thermomix, Dojo, NEC Group, The Wine Guild, The London Essence Co, Aqua Libra, Champagne Frerejean Frères and Wine&Something. The event supports The Springboard Charity’s ‘FutureChef and the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts ‘Adopt a School’.

Second Place Young Chef for England is Kenny Markham from The Falcon Hotel, Castle Ashby

Second Place Young Waiter for England is Alex Churcher-Steele from Da Terra, Bethnal Green

Third Place Young Chef for England is Joshua Singer from Scotts

Third Place Young Waiter for England is Daniel Bennett from St. JOHN Restaurant

Young Chef Young Waiter England Head Chef Judge Adam Handling said: “The final this year was very exciting and Miltan is a very worthy winner of the competition. He was in first place at the semi final round as well, so he has been consistent across the two days of the competition. The great thing about Miltan, and all the semi finalists, is that they all improved from the semi finals both individually and in the way that they work. The World Young Chef Young Waiter competition isn’t about who wins, it’s about who has grown the most. I’m looking forward to seeing Miltan representing England at the World Final in Monaco to shine a spotlight on the young talent in the hospitality industry.”

Young Chef Young Waiter England Head Waiter Judge Simon King said: “Our waiter winner Elisa displayed an all round ability in the final competition. She is naturally engaging, has wonderful charisma and really sees the bigger picture, looking far beyond her own table. The judges were also impressed with our second and third placed winners. Alex has great energy, is natural and humble. He’s someone who is always striving to do his best and has a very bright future ahead of him. Our third placed waiter Daniel is passionate, personable and authentic.”

Young Chef Young Waiter Final

Our finalists took part in a number of tasks across the two day final where chefs cooked a three course meal on the first day using products from Arla Pro and used a Thermomix to complete elements on their dishes. Waiters completed tasks including a cocktail mixing challenge run by The London Essence Co, a Champagne pouring task set by Champagne Frerejean Frères and an epos challenge designed by KuulEats. For the second day, our four successful chefs were paired up with the waiter finalists to cook and serve a three course meal for VIP guests at the University College Birmingham.


World Young Chef Young Waiter Competition

  • Our winners Miltan Masha and Elisa Doisneau will now advance to the the World Final in Monaco where they will join finalists from eight countries in a spectacular one-day event.
  • Countries include Cayman Islands, Ireland, USA, Macao (applications now closed). With India & Walescoming soon.
  • Our eight chef and eight waiter finalists will design a winning menu and serve their national dishes to an internationally acclaimed judging panelto include Jason Atherton
  • There will be an Olympic style celebration in the evening at The Maybourne Riviera to crown the winning Chef and Waiter with top VIP dignitaries from Monaco


World Young Chef Young Waiter Chairman Robert Walton MBE said: “We’re so excited to have completed the first competition for our first ever World Young Chef Young Waiter competition. In November we will take the winning chef and waiter to represent England in the World Final in Monaco against seven other countries. We’ve always had global ambitions for this incredible competition and now our aim is to create the Olympic games of hospitality with contestants from all over the world.”

World Young Chef Young Waiter Managing Director Sean Valentine FIH said: “World Young Chef Young Waiter is now underway and we’re excited to to have handpicked the best talent in the UK to represent the country in Monaco. At the World Final the winning chef and waiter from each country will compete as a team as it is so important to work together in the industry.”


Our partners and sponsors:

Jenna Hodgson-Silke, Marketing Manager – Arla Pro UK said: “We work with professional chefs all over the world to develop natural, high quality dairy products that function in the professional kitchen and we understand that better food means better business. Our farmer owners are proud to sponsor Young Chef Young Waiter and give support to the next generation of talent which will drive the industry forward.”

Raquel Alves, Thermomix said: “We here at Thermomix are proud supporters of up-and-coming talent in hospitality and could not be more excited to be sponsor the Young Chef, Young Waiter competition. We cant wait to see the wonderful creations made in the TM6.” 

Guy Moreve, Chief Marketing Officer of Dojo said:Weve been humbled by the grit, determination and unwavering spirit with which our hospitality customers have tackled the challenges that the last few years have brought. Thats why were so proud to support the future of the hospitality industry through our work with the Young Chef Young Waiter competition. Now, more than ever, its so important to ensure hospitality is seen as a career of choice for all young professional waiters and chefs from all backgrounds, and were delighted to be a partner to this competition, and the incredible hospitality industry as a whole.”

The London Essence Co spokesperson said: Were proud to be the official mixer partner of Young Chef Young Waiter. It is a truly fantastic opportunity to be able to celebrate and recognise the very best young chefs and waiters that the culinary and hospitality worlds have to offer.”

John Penn, External Relations at Birmingham College of Food said: ”It’s fantastic to be able to welcome all these incredible competitors and judges to our state-of-the-art kitchens and award-winning restaurant. We are enormously proud of our Birmingham College of Food, which is respected across the hospitality industry, and our facilities do indeed provide the perfect backdrop for this prestigious competition.  “To be part of the very first World Young Chef Young Waiter competition is also very special, especially after such a challenging few years.”

Craig Hancox, Amadeus Food said: Im delighted to be part of the judging panel for the YCYW competition. Seeing young talent progress within our businesses is one of the must uplifting experiences. You can feel their passion, hear the creativity and see the hunger to learn all there is to know about the hospitality industry. Nurturing this talent through their early careers fills me with pride, and being part of this competition is an experience I did not want to miss”.

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