“The Graduate Awards do a fantastic job for showcasing young talent and it’s a fantastic additions to your CV. Your skills are tested in so many different areas, rather than in just one aspect. The Guild are able to get your name out into wider industry as the prizes and opportunities that come with passing the final exam are amazing.”
James Goodyear, chef de partie at Maaemo in Oslo
Did you know only 48 chefs have ever passed the Craft Guild of Chefs’ Graduate Awards? Could you be the next chef to join the Graduates hall of fame? Do you have a chef in your kitchen who you believe could make the grade? The Awards were founded in 2002 by Vice-President, Steve Munkley, who saw a real need in the industry for providing formal recognition of young chefs’ culinary excellence.
What does it take to be a Graduate?
It is an examination created to test and improve the skills which chefs have learnt at college and in their early careers, and take them to the next level. Chefs have to go through a tough entry process including a paper entry, heats and then final examination. This includes a theory paper, butchery and fishmongery tasks as well as creating a ‘mystery basket’ dish, classic main course and a dessert that will really impress the panel of culinary experts.
Receiving the Graduate Award has proved career changing with previous Graduates going on to gain Michelin stars, work in some of the World’s top restaurants, be part of the World Skills team and even win the Young National Chef of the Year title.
2016 marks the 14th year of the Graduate Awards examinations and with so much talk about lack of skills and chef shortages, it provides the perfect opportunity to improve young chefs skills and showcase the culinary talent the UK has to offer. It’s set to be an exciting year with Russell Bateman taking over as Chair of Examiners and the launch of a new Pastry Graduate Award.
You could help a young chef Graduate this year
The Craft Guild of Chefs is calling for senior chefs to become a mentor and recognise the young talent that is in kitchens across the UK by encouraging chefs under the age of 23 to be part of this event.
You can find out more about what it’s like to be part of these awards and download the entry form on The Staff Canteen website including interviews with previous Graduates and the video from last year’s final test. The closing date for entries is 6th May 2016.
Join in the conversation about the Graduate Awards by tweeting @Craft_Guild and using the hashtag #CGCGradAwards.
Please send completed forms to Faye Nicholson at the Craft Guild of Chefs -
The Craft Guild of Chefs
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