Young National Chef of the Year 2020

William Keeble who is demi chef de partie at Whatley Manor won the competition. In second place was Jordon Powell, chef de partie at South Lodge Hotel and George Harding, senior chef de partie, The Atlantic Hotel took the final place on the podium.

The ten finalists were tasked with creating two different vegetarian or vegan canapes for the starter and a Norwegian cod main course appropriately garnished and served with an emulsified hot, warm or cold sauce. Finally, they served up a plated dessert using a classic Victoria Sponge as a base.

Hrisikesh Desai took on the role of Chair of Judges for the YNCOTY competition earlier this year and alongside his team of ten judges, has truly found one to watch in William Keeble. Commenting on the level of cooking he’s seen today he said: “It wasn’t easy to decide the winner and it was extremely close, coming down to tiny details but I think we’ve got a fantastic winner. William balanced the flavour well and showed artistry in his work. He showcased a lot of skill elements that can be easy to mess up under pressure and on top of that, his organisation was incredible. He was cool, calm and showed that he has practised and wanted to push himself to the absolute limit.”