NHS England Chef 2024

Regional Heats:

9th July – University of West London
16th July – Newcastle College
17th July – Trafford College, Manchester
6th August – The Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon
13th August – Food Works, Weston-Super-Mare


Registration is now open for NHS Chef 2024.  We are inviting 2 person teams to enter the competition. The competition is focused on demonstrating healthy, nutritious menu which is low in carbon within a budget of £6-£8 for 3 courses and three covers.

Your chosen menu must be suitable for generic NHS patients, with an emphasis on Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services (GBSF), The Department of Health’s Obesity Strategy and be nutritionally balanced, in accordance with the British Dietetic Association (BDA) guidance (Click here).  The competition will highlight the best of NHS Catering, chefs’ skills, catering knowledge and menu engineering.

The competition is only open to chefs paid directly through the NHS, or through its contracted catering suppliers who prepares staff, visitors and or patients’ meals.  The competition is free to enter. 

The competition is split into three clear parts:

1. Five x regional events from July -August – Winners of which will move to a mentoring event and then onto a national final. The mentoring event will last 3 days and will be based in Cannock, it will be held on the 3rd, 4th and 5th September 2024. All regional winners are advised that attendance is required.

2. The event in Cannock is to prepare all of the competitors for the finals. The event will also be used as knowledge exchange and to discuss and refine catering dishes.

3. A National final will be held in York on 13th to 18th October, which will showcase varied menus available across the NHS. The exact format of the finals will be shared at the mentoring event when the team are assigned a mentor.

Click here to download the NHS England Chef 2024 info pack

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