The contest is one of the UK’s most prestigious culinary competitions, with previous champions including Gordon Ramsay, Mark Sargeant and Alyn Williams.
Semi-finals will take place at Sheffield City College on 12 June and at Le Cordon Bleu in London on 19 June.
This year’s challenge will pay homage to the upcoming royal wedding, with young chefs charged with creating a celebratory main course and dessert within 90 minutes.
Semi-final places will be allocated to chefs who have impressed in the following six competitions this year:
- The South West Young Chef of the Year
- The North West Chef of the Year
- Young North East Chef of the Year
- UK Skills (runner-up)
- Achievers of the Graduate Awards Kitchen Exam
- The Chaine des Rotisseurs Young Chef.
The overall winners from the British Culinary Federation, the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Awards of Excellence, World Skills UK and the Craft Guild of Chefs’ Graduate Awards will be automatically seeded a place in the final at The Restaurant Show on 2 October 2018.
Last year’s YNCOTY was Danny Young, junior sous chef at Northcote Manor in Lancashire.
Sargeant, a former winner of both the young and senior title, will continue his role as ambassador for the contest.
“This competition has helped create some of today’s biggest young stars including Danny Hoang, Ruth Hansom, Luke Selby and most-recently, Danny Young," he says.
“I have high hopes and expectations for the skills that will be shown at this year’s semi-finals and final and can’t wait to taste the dishes.”