Master of Culinary Arts

The Master of Culinary Arts (MCA) is regarded as the ultimate accolade for chefs, pastry chefs and restaurant managers in the UK. Held every four years, these prestigious awards recognise outstanding craftsmanship.

Inspired and supported by iconic chefs Michel Bourdin and Albert and Michel Roux OBEs, the MCA was inaugurated in 1987 when it was originally known as the MeilleurOuvrier de Grande Bretagne and based on the MeilleurOuvrier de France. Our committee is made up of leading figures from the hospitality industry.

Who can enter?

MCA candidates must be currently employed full-time within the United Kingdom as a chef, pastry chef or in restaurant management and service. Applicants must also have:

  • At least 10 years of full-time experience in their specific trade (not necessarily consecutively).
  • A range of industrial experience at various levels including at least three years at a senior level.
  • Broad knowledge of traditional and modern gastronomy and service.
  • The ability to demonstrate a range of their specific trade skills at an advanced level under pressure.
  • Undertaken a range of activities as part of their own continuing professional development.
  • Contributed to the training and development of others.
  • Working knowledge of written and spoken English.

Entry Information

MCA 2022 Restaurant Management and Service information and entry

What is the MCA Format?

The last MCA took place in 2017 and will be launching again in 2022. If you are interested in competing in the MCA please register your email below. We will be in contact with you in January 2022 with the entry form and further details:

Our sponsors

Our committee members consist of

David Pitchford

Chairman of MCA


Idris Caldora MCA

Chairman of Culinary Skills

Michel Roux OBE MOF*

Chairman of Pastry


Michael Nadell

Chairman of Pastry

Silvano Giraldin

Chairman of Restaurant Management & Service

Sergio Rebecchi

Chairman of Restaurant Management & Service

MCA Committee

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MCA Past Winners

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*It is noted with great sadness that one of the patrons of the MCA sadly passed away in March 2020. Together with Michel Bourdin, Michel Roux OBE, the proud holder of the title MOF in Patisserie, was instrumental in 1987 in securing the long-term future of the MOGB which later became the MCA. Michel’s passion and skills will long underpin the philosophy of the Awards.