The Academy of Food and Wine (AFW) has extended the deadline for its 2010 Gastronomy Team of the Year competition and announced bursary prizes worth up to £10k for the winners.
The competition, which comprises of the Gastronomy Team of the Year (professional) and Future Stars of Gastronomy (students) awards, is now offering a first prize of an Academy training bursary of £3k to the winning establishments, on top of the original prize of a 10-day study trip courtesy of Discover the Origin.
In addition, the runners-up of both awards will also receive a £2k Academy training bursary for their college or restaurant.
The competition is open to chef/waiter teams who will need to demonstrate good teamwork through the creation and service of a two-course meal, which must include Parma Ham or Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, with matching wines that must be Burgundy, Port or wine from the Douro Valley.
Both colleges and restaurants may enter more than one team.
Last year’s winning team were head sommelier Alan Holmes and sous chef Nick Hewitt from Chewton Glen in New Milton, Hampshire, whose menu featured a starter of Crown of New Lane Orchard Asparagus, Mudeford crab and Langoustines served with Parmesan Crisp and Chilled Asparagus Soup, accompanied by a Château de la Saule Montagny 1er cru 2007, Côte Chalonnaise, Burgundy. This was followed by a main course of Roast Chicken with a Parmesan Bread Sauce and Sage Stuffing, wrapped in Parma Ham and served with a Quinta das Tecedeiras 2004, Douro, Portugal.
Entry forms can be downloaded from www.afws.co.uk, and must be submitted by 9 April 2010.