Competition Overview

The Inspiring Culinary Generations (ICG) Competition is a national competition designed to acknowledge & encourage excellence in the catering industry and in the home. This event reaches out to all young catering students & keen home cooks who have a passion for cooking.

Established in 2012, the Awards quickly assumed a prominent position, attracting the attention of a prestigious group of sponsors and partners. This interest has grown year on year and we are delighted to have the competition become an annual calendar event.

Open to home cooks and students anywhere in the UK, the course is supported by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, Teflon™ Non-Stick Coatings - Chemours and by The Bournemouth & Poole College.

We are offering the winners in all categories the chance to win some great prizes.


For students, this is certainly one of the best opportunities to gain insight into the industry and, depending upon their age, potentially a life changing opportunity to receive a three-year Specialised Chefs Scholarship, training to become a fully qualified chef. The scholarship is divided into two categories; work based training with a chef member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts at one of the finest hotels or restaurants in the UK and full time block release tuition at Bournemouth & Poole College.

Then, for the home foodie who loves to cook and wants to simply showcase their skills, passions and knowledge, there is the chance to win cookware, an overnight stay & a luxury hamper.

A team of esteemed judges chaired by Lesley Waters will choose their Regional Champions from online entries, inviting them to attend the national cook-off.

Simple Entry Process

Online based, we ask each participant to submit their recipe ingredients and method along with a photo of their cooked dish via the Enter Now form.




Our judges will take all the submissions and shortlist their top Aspiring Student Chefs and top Keen Home Cooks. These finalists will be notified by email and invited to cook at the National Final.


The National Final Venue

If you are one of the lucky ones selected by our judging panel from your online entry, you will be entered into the national final. It's that simple!

The national cook off will take place at The Studio, Lincolnshire for the Keen Home Cooks.

The national cook off will take place at Bournemouth & Poole College for the Aspiring Student Chefs.