Pro Chef of the Year

What is the Pro Chef of the Year award?

The category of ‘Pro Chef of the Year’ is a separate category to the others and will not be open for industry voting to determine the winner as in previous years. Instead, this year’s format is that of a professional live cooking competition which will be held on 22nd November 2020 at The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management.

UAE-based chefs in leadership positions, including Executive Chef, Head Chef and Chef de Cuisine are invited to submit their nomination for this category by completing the form below.

4 Chefs will then be carefully selected from the nominations to compete against each other in the hope of being crowned ‘Pro Chef of the Year’.

The competition will be a mystery ingredient cook-off followed by a blind tasting judged by a panel of industry experts. The chosen Chefs will have 3 hours to plan and prepare 3 courses and will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Creativity
  • Presentation
  • Taste
  • Technique
  • Time Management
  • Use of Ingredients

Terms & Conditions

  • Nominations are open to UAE-based chefs in leadership positions, including Executive Chef, Head Chef and Chef de Cuisine.
  • Chefs can nominate themselves or be nominated by their employer.
  • Only 1 nomination is required per Chef.
  • This nomination is separate to the other categories which were previously open, if you nominated in a different category previously, you will need to nominate again.
  • Chefs should be available for 1 day to take part in the competition in November and be prepared to represent the company mentioned on the nomination form.
  • Nominations will close on 5TH May 2020 and Chefs through to the next stage (Live Culinary Competition on 22nd November) will be contacted by 1st October 2020.
  • By submitting a nomination, this does not mean you are automatically through.
  • Please take the time to fill out your nomination form in as much detail as possible, incomplete nominations will not be put forward for consideration.



our partners

  • Hosted By
    The Pro Chef ME
  • Organised By
    CPI Media Group
  • Exclusive Main Course Sponsor
    Westholme Beef
  • Trophy Sponsor
  • Exclusive Mystery Box Sponsor
    Bord Bia
  • Pro Chef of the Year Competition Host
    Emirates Academy
  • Venue Partner
    Jumeirah Emirates Towers
  • Official Media Partner
    BBC Good Food ME