UK Seafood Competition Judges

The following judges are confirmed for the 2017 competition:

Franck Pontais

For over twenty years, Franck has been creating the finest gastronomic experiences for celebrities, large corporations and small groups of friends and family. Trained in the French tradition of Traiteur (high class delicatessen), Franck is passionate about food and sharing his skills and knowledge, with students of all ages and abilities.

Franck has been judging the Young Seafood Chef of the Year competition since 2009.


Franck Pontais
Serge Nollent

Serge Nollent, Product Group Development Manager, Youngs

Serge is involved in all aspects of culinary development for Youngs in Grimsby. He has enjoyed an enviable career which has taken him across the globe and he is now responsible for product development across Youngs and retailer brand portfolio’s.


Nikki J Hawkins, Events Manager, Seafish

With a passion for the catering and hospitality industry, Nikki is a trained Chef with a background is 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 Young Seafood Chef of the year.


Nikki Hawkins
Ben Bartlett

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 Young Seafood Chef of the Year for the past ten years.


Young Seafood Chef of the Year 2017
William Bolsover and Niall Frith, Kendal College