Some of North Devons most promising young chefs have been shortlisted in this years Petrocs Chef of the Year Awards. The pressure will be on for the 11 finalists selected to compete in this years competition, to be held at the colleges North Devon Campus on May 23. Branden Wetherill; Stephen Harding; Ben Green; Edmund Hart; Jacqui Mock; Josh Dyson; Holly Warren; Keiran Snape; Farid Khidri; Kate Harvey; and Kamil Borys will need to impress judges, including Mark Dodson, of the Michelin-starred Masons Arms in Knowstone. Ben Green, who is currently on an apprenticeship at Saunton Sands, competed last year and is a finalist again in 2016. He said: Ill be practising loads between now and the competition, to get my dishes just right. Last year I thought I had everything under control up until the last 15 minutes, when it all went crazy. So, Ill be mindful of my timings this year. Jacqui Mock, an apprentice at Broomhill, is also hoping that the experience of coming runner-up last year will help her this year. She said: Last year I was swayed by what others were doing and didnt trust my gut instinct, so Ill try not to do that again this year. Key to success on the day will be keeping to time, remaining calm and also trying to enjoy the experience. Also on the judging panel will be last years winner, Jake Hatch, who now works at the Masons Arms, as well as Nigel Yeo from Philip Dennis Foodservice and Hugh Judd from the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board. The annual event, which is held in partnership with Philip Dennis Foodservice, is open to students on all food-related courses and gives them an opportunity to showcase skills they have learnt on their course. Each learner was required to submit a paper application, outlining their menu and the methods they would be using. The winner will have the opportunity to work alongside Mark Dodson to refine their dishes, ready to be cooked and presented to an audience of selected guests at the restaurant later in the year.