UK Seafood Competition and Rules

Dates for your diaries 2018

04/05/18 – Regional Heat to be held at Coleg Llandrillo Cymru, North Wales
18/05/18 – Regional Heat to be held at Sunderland College
25/05/18 – Regional Heat to be held at City College Norwich
15/06/18 – The Grand Final will be held at the Grimsby Institute’s University Centre, North East Lincolnshire.

The choice of seafood will be restricted to the specific species listed in the table below. It is hoped that this will encourage creativity and imagination through craft skills, rather than the use of exotic species and, in addition, raise awareness of sustainability issues amongst entrants to the catering profession.

Each team has to present three courses for six people using the seafood in each category.


Whole fresh herring, not gutted, Danish or fresh whole plaice, size 300-5009, British & Icelandic


Fresh Scottish salmon fillets or Fresh monkfish tail, clean cut, skin on, boneless, British

Main Course

Hake fillets skin on, size 250-1000g, size 500-1000g tail, skinless, British

  1. A total food cost of £15 per person is allowed using market values at the time of entry. All other items needed, including garnishes, should be calculated within the £90 available.
  2. Each team will be allowed three hours to prepare and present their dishes.
  3. Each team should produce six copies of their written menu (one for the judging table, to be scored, one for the viewing table and four for the customer table). Marks will be awarded this year by the judges for any educational and informative content relating to the description of dishes, student chefs, allergen awareness and presentation of the menus. Costing lists are to highlight weights and costs of species and this is to be provided when submitting the entry.
  4. Any fish bones that are required are to be used from the waste of the species used (this can be highlighted as of no cost within your menu costing’s).
  5. The seafood stated for each course is the species to use for the nominated course and cannot be used for any other course (excluding the fish bones or shells).
  6. Entrants must be under 25 on enrolment to their course and studying toward either a full-time course or be a college based modern apprentices.
  7. Teams must use a minimum of two Koppert Cress products within either the starter or main course, you can use a product in both dishes if you choose or you can even use more than one cress/product on the same dish.

Please note:

  • As this competition is fundamentally based upon the judging of craft skills, NO prior preparation, portioning or weighing out of any ingredient is allowed. Students may be disqualified for pre prep or pre portioning.
  • Prior to commencing the competition each team will be allowed 30 minutes in order to familiarise themselves with the kitchen, the support staff allocated to them and to get organised. To reiterate, this 30 minutes DOES NOT include the prior preparation of any ingredient.
  • Prior to the start of the competition the judges will visit each work station to ensure that no prior preparation has taken place.
  • The language of the dishes is not at stake, but translation must be supplied for those menus entered in a foreign language. Marks will be awarded to teams that can show the judges that they have a basic knowledge and understanding of the MSC and sustainability of species.

Each team will prepare, cook and present each of their three dishes as follows:

  • One finished plate to a panel of judges, for scoring and tasting.
  • One finished plate to be reserved for competing teams , judges and media, to view at the end of the competition, and to remain in place after the competition for feedback purposes.
  • The remaining four finished plates to invited guests, for dining and comments.
  • All dishes to be presented as if they were to be served in a restaurant.
  • Plates and flats for service should be brought to the competition together with 6 copies of menu for the guest and viewing tables (6 copies of your menu are required in preparation of the regional heat).

Following the judging of paper entries by the competition’s review judges, teams will be invited to compete at the regional heats which are held at various venues across the UK.

At each of the heats three teams will be chosen to go forward to the Grand Final which will be held on Friday 15th June 2018.

All finalists will be invited to a masterclass with a guest Chef on Thursday 14th June in the afternoon starting at 2pm.

14th June to then attend and dine at the Competition Gala Dinner on the evening at the Brackenborough Hotel in Louth, prior to the competition final the following day. After spending the day competing the winner of the 2018 Young Seafood Chef of the Year will be announced within the award ceremony.

The regional menus are based on the original paper entry submission for both the regional and the Grand Final.

1. Entrants must be under 25 and enrolled onto either a full-time course or be a college based modern apprentices.

2. Entry forms to be submitted to Paul Robinson – Hospitality Competition Office, The Grimsby Institute, Grimsby no later than 12th April 2018.

Paul Robinson
Hospitality Competition Office
The Grimsby Institute
Nuns Corner

3.Entry pack to include the following:

  • Jacket sizes
  • Weights of species
  • Recipes (to include method and ingredients)
  • Menu and Costings
  • Weights of species
  • 1 copy of the presentation menu (if successful in round 1, then 6 copies must be provided at the heat)


4.The organisers will not accept responsibility for entries arriving later than the closing date.

5.The decision of the selection and judging panels will be final.

6.No prior correspondence with the judging panel can take place. To do so will result in that teams’ withdrawal from the competition.

7.Food costs will remain within the maximum amount allowed of £90.

8.The dishes submitted will be the ones produced on the day of the competition.

9.The organisers reserve the right to use recipes and other material for promotional purposes.

10.Successful teams that reach the final may change the presentation, but not the ingredients of their dishes.

All entries are to be submitted to;
FAO – Paul Robinson at The Grimsby Institute by 12th April 2018.

Each entry submitted will include:
A starter, an intermediate and a main course – ALL using fish species specified in the table attached.

A summary of ingredient costs for each dish, including the method of production for each dish.

Any special equipment required for preparation or production as well as the name or account number to be placed onto the cheque to pay for ingredients (Final only).

In order to avoid teams transporting equipment, host colleges should be able to provide most of the requirements. Where we are not able to do so, we will inform you in good time.

Paper judging will take place in April 2018 and those teams selected for the regional heats will be notified by telephone. Teams with then be selected to compete at each regional heat, three winners will go through from each heat to then attend the Grand Final in June 2018.

Grand Final Prizes – 2018

1st prize

  • Robot Cook Professional heating Food Processor from Robot – Coupe
  • £1000 Russums Voucher for the College
  • £500 per team member
  • Cookbook
  • Competition Trophy
  • Seafood Competition Medal
  • Prize Certificates awarded to the college and team members
  • Winning recipes to feature on Seafood Week 2018 website.

2nd prize

  • R3 – 1500 from Robot – Coupe
  • £300 Russums Voucher for the College
  • £100 per team member
  • Cookbook
  • Luxury knife bag per team member
  • Seafood Competition Medal
  • Prize Certificates awarded to the college and team members

3rd prize

  • R2 – Robot – Coupe
  • £200 Russums voucher for the College
  • £100 per team member
  • Global knife per team member
  • Cookbook
  • Seafood Competition Medal
  • Prize Certificates awarded to the college and team members

4th prize

  • Mini MP 190 Combo – Robot – Coupe
  • 100 Russums Voucher for the College
  • £100 per team member
  • Cookbook
  • Seafood Competition Medal
  • Prize Certificates awarded to the college and team members

For those successful teams travelling to the Final in Grimsby, arrangements for accommodation and pre-final dinner will be organised by The Grimsby Institute. Drinks consumed at dinner or at the hotel will be the responsibility of the team.

Furthermore, if for any reason the hotel at which the team is staying has a justifiable complaint against a team, that team will be disqualified from the final of the competition and charged the full price of their accommodation and food.

The Grimsby Institute will provide one night stay per team of two and one tutor on the night before the Final (14th June 2018). If any further accommodation is required then this will be paid for by the competitors. Accommodation will be provided for one tutor per team any other tutors wishing to join the team will have to pay for an additional room.

Many college teams competing in competitions around the UK are now raising their own funds through sponsorship to assist in travel and accommodation costs.

You may have a local supplier that may want to sponsor your college team.

A fundraiser event at your college is another idea. Why not hold an event to try out your menus on guests with students’ parents and local sponsors attending. Try a raffle on the evening, where prizes are auctioned instead of selling tickets, it can create more and more money for your team.

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