The winners of the Raw Talent Barbering Competition sponsored by VTCT


The first-ever Raw Talent Barbering Competition, sponsored by VTCT and brought to you by Mike Taylor Education took place on Monday 5 July – and we crowned the winners live at BARBERFEST in Brighton.

The competition was fierce and drew quite the crowd. Our judges were amazed at the quality, expertise on show – particularly as most finalists had only been barbering professionally for less than two years. Read the full list of finalists here.

The competition was split up into three categories of barbering abilities and training standards – Freshers, Graduates and Post-Graduates and we had a maximum of ten finalists in each category.

Congratulations to the following winners and runners up…

Freshers category

Runner up: Daniel Hughes

Winner: Owen Soltan

Graduate category

Runner up: Yasemin Hassan

Winner: Daniel Medina


Post Graduate category

Runner up: Deone Luke

Winner: Ryan Benfold


Runners up received a medal and our winners received a trophy, cash prize of £250 and Dark Stag goodies.

A big thank you to our judges Tom Chapman, Jacqui McIntosh and Mike Taylor for all their time and hard work. Huge thank you to our sponsors VTCT, without their support none of this would have been possible.

Stay tuned for the opportunity to enter the Raw Talent Barbering Competition next year.