Tue, 14 Mar 2017

If you are passionate about your profession as a chef and committed to using locally produced ingredients, here is a chance to promote your skills and the establishment where you work. The first prize is £500 cash for you plus promotion via a media of your choice - for you and the place where you work – to the value of £500. Total prize is worth £1,000. The promotion must be actioned by 31st December 2017.

To enter, please complete the application form and return it by 1st May 2017, ensuring that you include a recipe for your chosen entry and an image of the finished dish. The recipe must feature local ingredients and judging will take this into account. It must state quantities and method so that the recipe can be used by anyone.

The heats will take place on Thursday 29th June 2017 between 2pm – 4pm at the University College Isle of Man. Each heat will last an hour in which participants will be interviewed and then cook their chosen recipe. Marks will be awarded as follows: proportion of local ingredients used (15), taste (10), presentation (10) and skill (10). You will have a time limit of 35 minutes in which to cook but some preparatory work may be done ahead of time at the judges’ discretion.

The final will take place at the Isle of Man Food & Drink Festival on the 17th September 2017 at the Villa Marina Gardens at 1pm.

We understand that seasonality may affect your choice of ingredients so different recipes may be used in the heats and in the final, if shortlisted. However, the use of predominantly local ingredients remains a priority for the judges. A recipe and image must be provided if your chosen dish varies.

This competition, generously sponsored by Robinson’s and an important part of our ‘Food Matters’ strategy, will put the spotlight on Manx talent, produce and the significant contribution of the food and drink sector to the economy. ‘Food Matters’ is DEFA’s strategy to grow the food and drink sector by £50 million in the next decade.

Previous winners of the Chef of the Year title are:

(2010) John Dixon from Harbour Lights, Ramsey

(2011) Mohamed Hugue from Spice of India, Ramsey

(2012) Robert Hooper from L’Experience, Douglas

(2013) Joan Mowatt from Tanrogan Seafood Restaurant, Douglas

(2014) Darren Woods from 14 North

(2015) James Stubbs from The Court House

(2016) Zaneta Krol from Howarths Restaurant

For how to enter please go to https://www.gov.im/media/413378/iom-chef-of-the-year-information-and-form.pdf