The 2009 Craft Guild of Chefs’ Graduate Awards is now open to entries, and will for the first time include a southern regional heat to accompany the northern round.
Trainee chefs aged 23 or under, are eligible to enter the awards for the chance to win study tours to Luxembourg and a Scottish fish farm, plus a surprise educational trip that will be awarded to the highest achiever.
Up to 30 candidates will be selected to go through to the first round heats, based on the strength of their entry and mentor’s reference. In order to make the awards more accessible to chefs across the UK, the regional heats will this year take place at both the London Thames Valley University and Birmingham College of Food Technology on 9 July.
The final test will take place at Westminster Kingsway College on 4 September, where finalists must score over 85 per cent in order to pass.
Last year’s highest achiever was BigH rising star Selin Kiazim, who won a three-day trip to Paris and is now working under Peter Gordon at Providores in London.
The CGC Graduate Awards is notoriously difficult to pass, with just two other competitors making the grade last year. Nick Vadis, chairman of the Craft Guild, said: “To be judged by your peers can be quite daunting and we are on the edge of our seats to find out exactly what untapped talent lies out there.”
Entries for the 2009 Graduate Awards can be found on the CGC website, www.craftguildofchefs.org, and must be submitted by 10 April. Candidates do not have to be a CGC member to compete.