As the leading chef’s association in the UK, the Craft Guild of Chefs is gearing up to run the live competition kitchens at the UK’s biggest annual skills and careers event.


Inspiring everyone from budding fashion designers to web developers, The Skills Show, which takes place at the NEC in Birmingham from 15-17 November, provides an insight into a raft of professions with a wealth of opportunities in further education, skills and Apprenticeships.


Visitors also have the chance to watch the WorldSkills finals, with around 1,000 18-23 year olds coming together from across the world to compete in everything from plumbing to printing.


This year’s live competition kitchen at the show, however, won’t be hosting WorldSkills finals, instead they will offer visitors the opportunity to see members of Squad UK undergo a series of pressure tests as they prepare for next year’s WorldSkills competition in Leipzig.


Specifically, the five young stars will use the show to practice for the cooking and confectionery pastry challenges, said organiser and Craft Guild of Chefs trustee, Stephen Scuffell.


“It’s a great chance for visitors to see the sheer skills involved in the cooking profession, and seeing young chefs take such pride in honing and building on their skills at a competitive level,” he said. “I’ll also be talent spotting at the show, if chefs want to show what they can do in the kitchen, with the chance to be put forward to be mentored by esteemed executive head chef Michael Godfrey, considered one of the best competitive chefs in the industry.”


For the very first time, The Skills Show will bring together under one roof a range of key conferences from the annual skills events calendar. Set to be the skills event of the year, the show highlights the vital importance of skills to economic growth in the UK.


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