17th Jan 2020
For 2020, the Craft Guild of Chefs has introduced a new age limit to its Kitchen and Pastry Graduate Awards to reflect industry trends. The Guild recognises that many chefs are starting their culinary careers slightly later due to the national changes to school leaver options and chefs preferring to gain workplace experience before entering awards and competitions. To give more young chefs the opportunity to get involved and pass this exam, the organisers have extended the age limit to 25.
What are the Graduate Awards?
Launched in 2002, the Guild has seen 76 chefs pass the Graduate Award with former achievers going on to win Young National Chef of the Year, The Roux Scholarship and The National Chef of the Year. This examination is aimed at chefs who have completed their basic culinary qualifications and are wanting to push their skills further. Kitchen and pastry chefs simply need to complete the online entry form with details of their current workplace and a mentor who will support them through the various stages. Those who are successful will be invited to compete in one of two heats, where finalists in the kitchen and pastry award will be selected.
Successful young chefs will then be given the 'opportunity of a lifetime' as the inspiring mentor experience is back for 2020. Finalists in both the kitchen and pastry award will go on a two-day event which will see them visiting local suppliers, learning skills from industry leaders and enjoying the opportunity to connect and network with chefs from other areas of the industry. The Craft Guild of Chefs will be revealing more details of this opportunity via their social channels over the coming months.
Who should enter?
The Guild is looking for chefs who have completed their basic culinary qualifications and are wanting to develop their skills further now they are in the workplace. There is a choice of two examinations for chefs aged 25 and under to enter – a Kitchen and a Pastry Award. Successful chefs will undertake a series of practical challenges, whilst also completing a short multiple-choice paper. Candidates must impress some of the most well-respected chefs in the industry to achieve the 85% pass mark, including chair of examiners, Russell Bateman and chief pastry examiner, Will Torrent.
How to enter?
To enter the Graduate Awards 2020, chefs should complete the entry form at http://bit.ly/CGCGrads20 as soon as possible. Entries will close on Friday 3rd April 2020. Chefs should keep the semi-finals date of Tuesday, 19th May 2020 free as well as the final exam date of Wednesday Thursday 3rd September 2020.
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