The YBFs are excited to announce the opening of the applications for 2014 Awards.

Continuing to celebrate innovation, passion and drive for culinary excellence, the YBFs are again on the search for the nation’s best and brightest butchers, bakers, cocktail makers as well as food writers and entrepreneurs. Representing categories in Chef, Alcohol, Food Writing, Meat, Baking, Street Food, Experiential, Coffee and Honorary, this year we again seek to unearth and spotlight the new and creative talent that is revolutionising food & drink in Britain from the grassroots up.

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The YBF's is probably the top accolade that thrusting young foodists can aspire to. Those who have won over the past two years are some of the greatest culingoraphers of our generation. Those that triumph in the YBF's look forward to fortune and glory. Sam Bompas, of food pros Bompas & Parr - YBFs Judge, Experimental
The YBFs was a great event. I think in the coming years it will be one of the most important industry awards in the UK. Tony Conigliaro, drinks legend, 69 Colebrooke Row - YBFs Judge, Alcohol
I love the YBFs - it feels collaborative and genuinely people driven - and in keeping with the great changes that are being made in our food culture, year on year. Brilliant to be a part of it and long may it grow - can't wait to see who's up for Year Three! Petra Barran, street-food maestro who runs KERB - YBFs Judge, Streetfood
I'm totally thrilled to be to be part of providing a platform for the incredible raw talent that we have in this country that would otherwise perhaps not get a mention. Last year's winners blew me away with their creativity and attention to detail. I'm absolutely stoked that I've been asked to come back this year and so excited to see where the competition takes us. Bring it on!!! Nichola Smith, of Healthy Yummies - YBFs Judge, Streetfood


  • Alcohol

    The authority on all things bibulous, Tony C of 69 Colebrooke Row, will be putting the entrants through their paces and heading up the Alcohol category alongside leading drinks journalist Alice Lascelles, top cocktail maestro Gareth Evans and internationally-renowned drinks historian and author Anistatia Miller.
  • Experiential

    Jellymongers Sam Bompas and Harry Parr, who were once likened to ‘Willy Wonka during his freewheeling student days’, will be heading up the Experiential category. Joining them will be Alexa Perrin, founder of the Experimental Food Society.
  • Chefs

    Chef genius Nuno Mendes of Chiltern Firehouse returns to lead the Chef category alongside Margot Henderson, founder of Rochelle Canteen and James Knappett head chef of Bubbledogs and Kitchen Table, two of the best chefs in Britain making a rather intimidating but fabulous trio
  • Coffee

    Australia’s acclaimed Tim Styles of Workshop Coffee Co. fame and Illy University’s revered mentor Marco Arrigo will be looking after the coffee connoisseurs.
  • Street Food

    Looking after the Street Food entrepreneurs will be Petra Barran, the driving force behind Kerb. Alongside Petra will be Claire Kelsey, creator of Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, and Nichola Smith, who set up Healthy Yummies.
  • Food Writing

    Food critic and wordsmith Marina O'Loughlin will be serving up her opinion on the fresh voices in this category with help from Yotam Ottolenghi, Fay Maschler and Tracey MacLeod
  • Baking

    The bakers will have to prove themselves to Head of The Bakery and co-founder of the YBFs, Lily Vanilli, Claire Ptak and Tom Baker, the founder of the innovative Loaf Community Bakery and Cookery School.
  • Meat

    Joining for their first year, critically acclaimed butchers, James George and Richard Turner will be arbitrating this category.
  • Honorary

    This is the wildcard. If you don't fit into the above categories - enter here. Judged by Gizzi Erskine and the three YBFs founders Amy Thorne - founder and managing director of TASTE PR, Freelance Food Journalist & Metro Food Editor, Chloe Scott-Moncrieff and founder of The Bakery - Lily Vanilli.
  • Vegetable

    We are delighted to announce that Bruno Loubet, Simon Rogan and Ms Marmite Lover will be the judges of this brand new category for 2014. We are looking for anyone who's focus is vegetables - whether it be growing, pickling, curing or preparing them to serve as a dish.