Kicking off in January, the new award is open to chefs aged up to 24 and will begin with a preliminary round of paper judging.
Twenty of the brightest chefs, who show the best creativity and understanding, will then be invited to take part in a one-week stage at some of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the UK.
The individual stages will be assessed by some of the country’s leading chefs before the final two are whittled down to take part in another one-week stage, this time at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, where Ashley Palmer-Watts will judge them both on technique, attitude and ability.
The winner will receive an ‘unforgettable’ prize of an all-expenses-paid, two-week trip to work with the pioneering Dominique Crenn at her Atelier Crenn restaurant in San Fransisco, before flying on to the Six Senses ‘Zighy Bay Resort’ in Oman for a further two weeks.
A team of revered British chefs will form the panel of judges to assess the initial paper applications which shortlist the entrants down to the final 20.
Chef Stagiaire Award judges include: -
- James Mackenzie - The Pipe & Glass, Yorkshire
- Richard Turner - Turners, Birmingham
- Robert Kirby - Lexington Catering, London
Restaurants hosting the stages include: -
- Lords of the Manor
- Brasserie Chavot
- Mallory Court
- The Bath Priory
- Restaurant Alimentum & Bar
- The Sir Charles Napier
- Launceston Place
- Alyn Williams at The Westbury
- The Kitchin
- Galvin at Windows
- Galvin la Chapelle
- L’Autre Pied
- The Pass
- Tuddenham Mill
- The Royal Oak
The application for entries to the Chef Stagiaire Award is now open. Chefs under the age of 24 can enter using the form below.