The 2024 Student Pastry Chef of the Year is Open for Entries!

Now in its fourth year The Chefs’ Forum Student Pastry Competition of the Year 2024 is open for entries and welcomes applications from students and apprentices currently studying a hospitality and catering course or apprenticeship in the UK.

The competition showcases the great student and apprentice talent within the UK’s colleges, learning providers and universities. At the same time it also advertises the tremendous opportunities currently on offer in the pastry sector across the country and abroad.

To enter we require a CV, 3 photos of either plated desserts, cakes and/or decorative items and a description outlining why you wish to enter the competition (This could be presented as a short video or in writing).

The 12 top pastry chefs judging the final will be:

Please note: This competition is open to all students and apprentices, regardless of age, currently enrolled on a culinary/hospitality and catering course or apprenticeship in the UK.

Franciane Tartari, lead judge said of this year’s winner: “This year we set a high bar for the students, and they really delivered. Kai Whittaker’s rum baba was a real demonstration of skill and showed why it is so important to study the craft of pastry. Every element of his dish was perfect, and he was a worthy winner in a strong field.”

Take look at this year’s final:

We look forward to seeing your name in lights as the competition progresses!

For more information and entry details please email