Entries for next year’s Annual Awards of Excellence are now being accepted as the prestigious Academy of Culinary Arts competition opens.
Open to full-time chefs, pastry chefs and waiters with at least two years experience, the competition celebrates the cream of promising young talent in the industry. Entry forms that are downloaded from the academy website and sent in will be judged by a team of experts that is headed by Honorary President of the Awards, Heston Blumenthal.
Chefs are initially asked to devise a three-course meal, noting in detail the recipe for one of the courses; pastry chefs will need to create a modern plated dessert recipe from a list of chosen ingredients; and waiters will need to identify the main skills needed in their line of work.
Next year’s first prize for each overall winner from kitchen, pastry and service, will be worth over £2k, and include Victorinox knives, Meyer cookware, £500 cash from the British Hospitality Association, and an educational trip to an as yet undisclosed location.
This year’s winners, Martin Malinowski-Evans of Caf? 21 (kitchen), Louise Ridgen of Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons (pastry) and Max Westphal of Gleneagles Hotel (waiter) were rewarded with a trip to Barbados for the island’s food festival.
All entries must be received by November 21. Successful entrants will be notified of their place in the semi-final by early January. For more information on the awards and to download an entry form, click here.