May 25, 2011
The Restaurant Association has launched a quest to find Britain’s finest up-and-coming kitchen and front-of-house staff – who could be working at your resort.
The Young Chef Young Waiter competition is now focusing on three new skill categories;
The new waiter awards are:
Best wine knowledge
Best cheese knowledge
The new chef awards are:
Best original dish
Best kitchen craft
Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association – co-organiser of the awards said;
“These awards take Young Chef Young Waiter to a higher level by recognising outstanding individual skills among our talented young professionals both in the regional heats and in the national finals,” says Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association.
“So now there’s an even stronger reason for young people to enter and a much greater opportunity for their skills to be acknowledged.”
Young Chef Young Waiter is the premier competition for aspiring young talent and attracts hundreds of entries every year. It lists top chefs as former winners.
This year’s competition is the 27th in its history and founder sponsors the Savoy Educational Trust and American Express continue to pledge their support.
Headline judges ready to give contenders a grilling include chairman Bruce Poole, from London’s award-laden Chez Bruce, Simon King of Heston Blumenthal’s legendary eatery The Fat Duck, and Simon Girling of The Ritz.
The 16 finalists will enjoy a three-day trip to Champagne Laurent-Perrier with the overall winners taking an educational trip to Louis Jadot in Burgundy and Jean-Luc Colombo in the Rhone Valley.
Previous winners include Marcus Wareing, now heading up his own restaurant at the Berkeley Hotel in London, Roger Narbett – head chef to the England football team, and Mark Sergeant, who made a big impact at Gordon Ramsay at Claridge’s.
The deadline for 2011 nominations is July 1. Get more information and download an entry form.To download the competition entry form click here.