Two pub chefs will battle it out with nine others for the title of Visionary Dining Chef of the Year.
The 11 chefs will cook a £125-a-head gourmet meal on 20 October at the Lakes Hotel School in Kendal, each mentored by established Michelin star and AA Rosette standard chefs. The 11-course meal with accompanying matching wines will challenge the finalists in areas from soup, seafood, game and chocolate.
The winner will be decided by the combination of votes from the 150 diners and a judging panel made up of international industry professionals. The prize is a flight and free meal at any restaurant in the world.
The competing pub chefs are Chris Hill from the Aldwark Arms at Aldwark near York, mentored by Nick Hill, and an as yet unnamed chef from the Freemasons at Wiswell, Clitheroe, mentored by Steve Smith.
"Our chef of the year will be someone who shows a natural culinary vision," said Michelin-starred chef Gordon Cartwright, managing director and founder of Visionary Dining and former AA restaurant inspector.
"We are looking for the use of clear natural vibrant flavours, flawless textures and high levels of intuitive skill."