The Craft Guild of Chefs is now accepting entries for the 2021 Graduate Awards, which allows young chefs to develop and hone the skills they learnt in college.
The awards will be divided into two categories, kitchen and pastry, and will be judged by chefs Russell Bateman and Will Torrent along with other industry experts.
Chefs who make it through to the heats and final exam will have to complete a series of challenges, including a paper exam and butchery and fishmongery tasks. They will also be required to create their own dishes with a mystery basket of ingredients, while following a recipe for a dessert.
Former Graduate Awards achievers have gone on to compete in a number of prestigious competitions including Young National Chef of the Year and World Skills.
Steve Munkley, vice-president of the Craft Guild of Chefs, said: “The focus for this year is looking at the key industry trends and bringing these into the event. For example, we’ll be exploring food wastage, sustainability and some plant-based options as we know these are all hot topics in kitchens across the UK.
“It’s important that initiatives like the Graduate Awards tackle these issues and give chefs the opportunity to practise skills as we face several more months of uncertainty. The pandemic has also had an impact on mental health and the Graduate Awards gives chefs something to work towards and set their minds to. All the skills they work on will help them when they are back in their kitchens, where they belong.”
Entries are open until Friday 30th April to those aged under 25. To enter the awards, click here.