Information for Students & Competitors

competitor cooking in kitchenIf you are aged between 12 - 16 years old, and are keen to learn more about cooking, then you can gain experience, meet professionals and develop your skills through Springboard’s FutureChef!

You can be part of a nationwide competition where you could win student recognition awards, have industry visits, and have access to online skills resources and chef demonstrations.

If you're interested in taking part in the FutureChef competition please contact us, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. where a member of the team will be able to assist you.

Career Opportunities

Participating in FutureChef can open up career opportunities - employment requires experience and experience usually comes from employment - but the FutureChef competition will help you grow your experience while you compete.

In addition, some of our sponsors and other associated organisations can offer access to some of the most interesting and best places to further your career.

HIT Training

HIT Training is the leading national specialist training and apprenticeship provider for the Hospitality and Catering sector. They offer a huge range of apprenticeships and development schemes for people at all levels, from school-leavers to senior management.

To find out more about professional Chef Apprenticeships, click here!

The HIT Chef Academy is an innovative training model for the culinary stars of the future. It aims to meet the rising demand for highly skilled chefs resulting from the growth in fine dining in the UK over the last two decades.

The academy supplements HIT Training’s professional chef apprenticeship programme for any apprentices working in a ‘fine dining’ kitchen and nominated by their Head Chef to participate in the academy’s enhancement activities. Headed by Paul Mannering, Academy Principal, and run by expert chef trainers at locations across the country, the training programme brings together the very best in culinary excellence to provide apprentices with the highest quality training, development and learning in the industry.

To find out more about the HIT Chef Academy and professional Chef Apprenticeships click here!