Manchester-based catering supplies company, Cooksmill, is celebrating its first anniversary by offering culinary enthusiasts the chance to compete in its MasterChef-style competition.

The Cooksmill Cook-Off will give the winner the chance to become an apprentice chef at Manchester’s Hotel Gotham.

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The live final will take place in September, and will be a joint venture between the catering supplier, the hotel, and apprenticeship provider, Positive Outcomes.

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Muhammed Dadibhai, MD of Cooksmill, said: “This is a fantastic chance for an enthusiastic young chef to demonstrate their natural ability and win the opportunity to learn their trade at one of Manchester’s most talked about venues.”

The challenge will be open to young people aged between 15 and 19, and will see the candidates compete for the chance to secure a year-long apprenticeship at the hotel’s two AA Rosette restaurant.

To enter the competition, candidates are being asked initially to submit a short video of themselves preparing their signature dish.

The best clips, as chosen by the Cooksmill staff, will then be uploaded to the firm’s website with the finalists being put to the public vote.

The top 3 (those with the most votes) will then be asked to cook live in September at the Cooksmill Cook-Off grand final, where the overall winner will be decided. The deadline for video entries is Friday 29 July 2016 at 6pm.

In addition to the apprenticeship, the competition winner will be presented with a set of I.O.Shen kitchen knives worth £250 provided by Cooksmill that they can take forward into their new career.

Dadibhai concluded: “They say a workman is only as good as his tools and this is especially true for a chef. If you’ve got the right kit, it serves to emphasise your ability.

“We’d go as far as saying that Cooksmill equipment can make a good chef out of anyone, but we’re hoping our competition will uncover a genuine culinary diamond. We’re excited to see the videos that will be coming in over the coming weeks.”