The organisers of the Roux Scholarship have revealed a £10,000 prize pot for the competition's 25th anniversary.
Now open for entries, the winner of the 2008 Roux Scholarship will receive £5,000 cash with £1,000 awarded to the remaining five finalists.
Also up for grabs is a coveted three-month stage at a three Michelin-starred establishment courtesy of the Savoy Education Trust as well as a week in New York courtesy of Compass Group's Restaurant Associates.
The prize for this year's winner was £3,000, with £750 for each of the remaining finalists.
For full entry details on the 2008 award go to www.rouxscholarship.co.uk or call 020 8744 0744.
Judges for this year's competition include first Roux Scholar Andrew Fairlie as well as Gary Rhodes, Brain Turner and David Nicholls. Tracey MacLeod, restaurant critic for the Independent magazine, also joins the panel headed by Michel and Albert Roux.
By Chris Druce