Following gruelling heats in London and Manchester, the finalists for the M & Bookatable Young Chef of the Year Contest will now each host their own pop-up night, with points awarded by both judges and diners – and with top chefs such as Adam Handling and James Knappett on the judging panel, the heat is on.

The chefs will be judged on the quality of their 4-course menu, but also on their approach to sustainability and their ability to demonstrate a zero-waste philosophy and ethical sourcing of produce.

The winner will not only be crowned Young Chef of the Year 2019, but they will get the chance to cook their signature dish at the awards ceremony on 4 September, as well as receiving mentoring from M Restaurants Culinary Director Mike Reid, and a trip to Champagne courtesy of Champagne Pommery.

Sixteen talented chefs have made the final stages, and will be serving their signature menus throughout July. Find out more about the chefs here, and click book to sample cooking from what could be the next big name in the restaurant world… and remember, 50% of the finalists’ scores are awarded by diners, so this is your chance to help crown 2019’s Young Chef of the Year.

For more information, see mrestaurants.co.uk, or book your place at one of the dinners at bookatable.co.uk