The Restaurant Association, part of the British Hospitality Association, is now accepting entries for its 24th annual Young Chef Young Waiter competition.
All professional chefs and waiters aged 25 or under are invited to download an entry form from the British Hospitality Association website for a chance to win an array of top prizes.
Entrants from across the country will be competing for a first prize of £2,000, a stay in London, tickets to the Restaurant Show at Earls Court 2, dinner at Chez Bruce and lunch at The Dorchester, plus either chefs equipment or a selection of fine wines. A host of other prizes are also up for grabs for runners up and regional finalists.
Chefs will be judged on their cooking skills and butchering ability, theoretical knowledge of food and will need to create a dish from a ‘mystery basket’. Waiters, meanwhile, will have their knowledge and skills tested in practical service tasks and an interpersonal skills interview, after attending several tutorials in wine, coffee, beer and food matching, and cheese.
Winner of the best Young Waiter award in 2005, Leah Fellstead, said: "Being a waiter is often not taken as a serious career. This competition gives you a chance to prove how much is required to do our job properly."
Regional finals will be held from the 3-16 September, with the national final at Westminster Kingsway College on 30 September. All entries must be received by 23 June.