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7th February 2024

Craft Guild to present International Chef Award to mark 30th anniversary

Written by: Edward Waddell
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards the International Chef Award, sponsored by Cunard, will be given out. The last time this award was presented was in 2018 to Alain Ducasse, on the 25th anniversary of the awards.

Taking place on Monday 24th June 2024, the Awards ceremony will be held at JW Marriott Grosvenor House London. The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards aim to celebrate culinary excellence across the UK and beyond.

Nominations will be judged by a panel of leading industry ambassadors. Chef’s don’t have to be a member to enter or nominate. Closing date Friday 16th February 2024. Enter here:  

A total of 19 awards will be presented on the night, 14 of which are still open for nominations:

  • Apprentice Chef Award (sponsored by Compass Group): To be nominated in this category you need to be employed on a work-based apprenticeship scheme which does not finish prior to March 2024.
  • Banqueting & Event Chef Award: Candidates should demonstrate the highest standards of delivery, be highly organised and an excellent team leader with a commitment to producing innovative food to the highest standards.
  • Chef Lecturer Award (sponsored by Lakeland Dairies): Examples of this are chef lecturers working in colleges, corporate chef trainers or chefs within a brigade who have ultimate responsibility for the training of colleagues.
  • Competition Chef Award (sponsored by HRC): Nominations are invited for chefs who are recognised as having a proven track record within the competition arena. Nominations should contain a description of competitions entered and awards achieved.
  • Contract Catering Chef Award (sponsored by PizzaSi): Nominations are invited for chefs working for contract catering companies involved in the provision of catering services to customers within the workplace.
  • Culinary Hero Award (sponsored by Williams Refrigeration): Recognises a chef who in addition to demonstrating the highest professional standards, has gone the extra mile to support their team, community or their industry in a clear and unique way.
  • Development Chef Award (sponsored by Essential Cuisine): Nominations are required for chefs who are currently involved in any stage of the creation and development of food products for the retail and foodservice industries or for their creativity within the menu development kitchen of groups serving the out of home market.
  • Pastry Chef Award: Nominations are invited for chefs who have specialised in the production of pastry work, whether self-taught or having worked in other pastry kitchens during their career. 
  • Pub Restaurant Chef Award (sponsored by Bonemasters): The candidate should use local produce where possible, cook with flair and creativity, and meet the demands of customers by reaching a standard for the proposer feels is exceptional.
  • Public Sector Chef Award (sponsored by TUGO Food Systems): Nominations are sought from the high-volume catering arena including hospitals, prisons, education, military, public and social services and in-house staff restaurants.
  • Restaurant Chef Award (sponsored by Unox): For chefs who are recognised for their outstanding contribution to quality within this sector, whether it be a standalone restaurant, part of a group, or based within a hotel. All cuisines can be nominated, and all styles from brasserie to Michelin-starred.
  • Street Food Chef Award (NEW for 2024): Nominations are invited from Independent Street Food Operators who are delivering exciting and popular dishes from mobile or pop-up outlets.
  • Sustainability Excellence Award (sponsored by Rational UK): This award recognises impactful food-led initiatives across all sectors in providing a sustainable future within the foodservice and hospitality industry.
  • Young Chef Award (sponsored by Meiko UK): Nominees should be under the age of 23 years on 31st May 2024 and have already shown a passion for the industry, excelling in their technical skills, developing a wide knowledge base, flair and commitment for their chosen path. 

Enter here:

 Five awards are not open for nominations. They include:

  • Accredited College Restaurant of the Year Award: A shortlist will be created by the Craft Guild of Chefs Education Committee and then visited to establish the winner.
  • International Chef Award (sponsored by Cunard): The last time this award was presented was in 2018 to Alain Ducasse, on the 25th anniversary of the awards.
  • New Restaurant of the Year Award: The 2023 winner was Upstairs by Tom Shepherd.
  • Outstanding Support of Culinary Excellence Award (New for 2024- sponsored by Premier Foods): This award will be presented to an individual or organisation who have contributed in an invaluable way to promote, support or enhance the development of chefs from any part of the industry.
  • Special Award (sponsored by Sodexo): Reserved for one very special person who the Craft Guild of Chefs believes has made an outstanding contribution to the industry over and above the call of duty.