The Craft Guild of Chefs (CGC) Awards 2009 is now open for nominations, and talented, professional chefs are being encouraged to step ‘out of the woodwork and into the spotlight’.
Thirteen categories are available to enter this year, including Apprentice Chef, Banqueting Chef, Competition Chef, Contract Catering Chef, Cost Sector Chef, Development Chef, Education Chef, Ethnic Chef, New Restaurant of the Year, Pastry Chef, Pub Restaurant Chef, Restaurant Chef, Special Achievement, and Young Chef.
Nick Vadis, chairman of the CGC, said nominees will need to be ‘an exceptional professional excelling in their chosen field,’ and not necessarily a member of the guild, to enter.
“Last year’s champions were truly shining examples of masters of their trade, whatever sector they were in, and this year’s contenders have their work cut out to win one of the coveted accolades,” he said.
The 2008 awards saw Craig Sandle from The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh win the Restaurant Chef category, while Glynn Purnell’s eponymous restaurant in Birmingham was named New Restaurant of the Year,
Hopeful chefs can be nominated for either via the CGC website, or by calling 020 8948 3870 before 27 February. Category winners will be announced, along with a special award presentation for an overall industry high-flyer, at Hilton Park Lane on 1 June.