UK Seafood Competition Judges
Mark Sargeant, Chef
Celebrated Michelin starred chef Mark Sargeant has been announced as the judge for the final of the UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year 2020 competition which is sponsored by Seafish. The former Young Chef of the Year winner grew up in the Kent countryside where he experimented with many different fresh and seasonal ingredients. He worked with Gordan Ramsay where he earnt three-Michelin stars. Mark has presented on many cooking shows and regularly appears on BBC’s Saturday Kitchen. He runs the Rocksalt in Folkestone and has acquired three new pubs to his collection.
Serge Nollent, Product Group Development Manager, Young's Seafood
Serge is involved in all aspects of culinary development for Young’s Seafood in Grimsby. He has enjoyed an enviable career, which has taken him across the globe and he is now responsible for product development across Young’s and its retail brand portfolios.
Emma McKeating, Master Fishmonger
Seafish Ambassador Emma McKeating joins the judging team for the second year. Emma is a qualified Master Fishmonger and works for independent fishmonger, Tarbetts in Wetherby. She will be judging the filleting within the competition.
Nikki J Hawkins, Events Manager, Seafish
With a passion for the catering and hospitality industry, Nikki is a trained Chef with a background in hotel catering. As Events Manager at Seafish, Nikki is involved in the organisation of major seafood industry events including the National Fish & Chip Awards, Seafood Week and the UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year.
Ben Bartlett (BBQ Ben), Celebrity Chef
Ben was the first winner of Britain’s Best BBQ’er and President of the British BBQ Association. Ben competes all over the world with The Best of British BBQ Team and owns his own food and drink company that advises retail and food service manufacturers.
As well as food consultancy, Ben has been involved in judging for the UK Young Seafood Chef of the Year for the past ten years. He is also a Seafish Chef Ambassador.