Entrants for the five regional heats will be selected from the written entries by the category sponsors. Entrants will then be invited to a live bake off where they will be required to prepare their pasta dishes for judging. Each of the category winners will go forward to compete in the final on 16 November 2017 in London at the European Pizza and Pasta Show at Olympia.

A judging panel including celebrity chef Theo Randall will select winners for both categories along with the Overall Pasta Chef of the Year Award Winner. The winners will be announced at the Awards Dinner at the Lancaster Hotel on the evening of 16 November 2017. As well as a trophy and a cheque for £500, the winner will receive considerable publicity and the kudos of being the Pasta Chef of the Year 2017. 

The Heats

There will be five regional heats across the country starting in Scotland in early October before moving on to Bolton, London, The Midlands and South West.