Calling all UK pasta chefs! Put your pasta making skills to the test and enter this fantastic competition for the chance to become Pasta Chef of the Year 2017.

The competition is held in conjunction with the existing quest for Pizza Chef of the Year and takes in five regional heats and then a Grand Final.

The Pasta Chef of the Year competition offers participants the chance to receive considerable publicity and prestige for them and their business, by winning a regional category and ultimately the overall title of Pasta Chef of the Year. In addition, there’s ample opportunity to network with colleagues and suppliers in the industry, test their creativity and innovation and showcase the winning pasta dishes on their menu.

The Competition

Contestants are required to design a pasta dish around each of the two categories using either of the nominated products. Contestants may enter up to two recipes in each categories.

Free samples of the sponsors’ products will be sent to those wishing to enter the competitions, to experiment with and create their pasta dishes.

Entries are required into both categories (up to two in each).

The sponsor’s product must be used in the relevant category, together with other ingredients of the contestant’s choice.

In both categories, chefs must create a unique dish or an inventive interpretation of a classic dish. Judges will be looking to see how the dish showcases the pasta whilst considering commercial viability, overall composition, flavour and appeal. Please note that ‘al forno’ dishes will be very difficult to produce due to time and oven restrictions at the competitions. 

Following on from the success of last year’s Pasta Chef of the Year competition, we are delighted to be teaming up again with our sponsors Keck to find the best pasta chefs across the UK. Contestants are required to create a pasta dish for each of the two categories using either of the nominated products. Contestants may enter up to two recipes in each category:

Short Cut Pasta

  • Trivelli
  • Rigatoni

Long cut Pasta

  • Tagliatelli
  • Pappardelle

In both categories, chefs must create a unique dish or an inventive interpretation of a classic dish. Judges will be looking to see how the dish showcases the pasta whilst considering commercial viability, overall composition, flavour and appeal. Please note that ‘al forno’ dishes will be very difficult to produce due to time and oven restrictions at the competitions.

The competition is held in conjunction with the existing quest for Pizza Chef of the Year and takes in five regional heats and then a Grand Final.

To enter:

Free samples of Keck pasta will be sent to entrants for experimentation and design. To enter please forward your name, full postal address, email address and telephone number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 15 June 2017 to receive your sample products in July.

Completed recipes should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 25 August 2017. Entries can be made into both categories (up to two in each).