Hunt is on for Young British Foodies

Talented butchers and budding charcutiers are being urged to get involved in a new competition which is being dubbed as the food and drink world’s answer to The Turner Prize.

The Young British Foodie awards (The YBFs) is aiming to discover the new culinary personalities breaking boundaries in the food and drink world, and are calling on meat experts and butchers to put themselves forward.

Lily Vanilli, one of the YBF co-founders and artisan baker, said: “The YBFs is about creating a food revolution to celebrate and appreciate the unsung foodie heroes in Britain. We encourage everyone who likes food to recognise themselves as a YBF.”

As well as the category of Charcuterie Peronality, which will be judged by Yianna Papoutsis, there are six other categories, including:

    * The Rising Star of Mixology, judged by Tony C, Nick Strangeway and James Chase
    * The Mobile Mover and Shaker, judged by Petra Barran and Tom Adams
    * Best Food Experience Artist, judged Bompas and Parr and Alexa Perrin
    * New Best Alchemist of the Oven, judged by Lily Vanilli and Daniel Stevens
    * Coffee King or Queen, judged by Gwilym Davies, Tim Styles and Marco Arrigo
    * Most Irreverent Young Chef, judged by Nuno Mendes, Marina O’Loughlin and Ms Marmite Lover

Anyone can apply and the YBF organisers said they welcome “food and drink lovers who act on their passion and who believe they encompass the YBF spirit of originality and passion”.

Winners will get to show off their skills on the Awards evenings at an ‘exhibition’ to herald this new movement and will be rewarded with a cash prize of £1,000, they added.

The Awards are open to anyone with proven culinary talent and entry date closes in February 2012. Visit www.the-ybfs.com for entry details.