The deadline for nominations for this year's Acorn Awards, sponsored by ACT Clean, has been extended to enable more employers to recognise their rising stars.
We are looking for the brightest and best 30 people under the age of 30, so if you work with a young person who really excels let us know and give them the recognition they deserve.
We are accepting nominations until 25 May so now is the time to fill in the online form and recognise an outstanding talent. Visit www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/acorns to make your nomination.
At the launch of this year's awards, held at London's One Aldwych hotel, Sean Wheeler - himself an Acorn winner in 1992 when he was general manager at TGI Friday's in Reading, and now area director of human resources at the Dorchester Collection UK - said that he would always look twice at any candidate who had the award listed on their CV.
Indeed, the roll-call of past winners includes a number of figures who have received recognition far beyond the industry, such as Gary Rhodes and Marco Pierre White. Others have gone on to some of the industry's top jobs: Caroline Fry, for example, has risen through the ranks at contract caterer CH&Co. When she won her Acorn Award in 1995 she was operations manager; today she is the company's chief executive - business and industry.
So, the winners of the 2012 Acorn Awards will be in very distinguished company. Each year, the honours are bestowed on young people who are regarded as outstanding talents, have a commercial outlook, are creative in their respected sectors and are regarded as an inspiration to their peers.
Entrants from all sections of the hospitality industry - pubs and bars, restaurants, hotels, food service and contract catering - are welcome.
So ensure you make your nominations online and give recognition to young individuals who are making a widespread impression on their place of work.
Judging takes place on 26 June. For further details, please contact Shiva Hobson, group events manager, on 020 8652 3094 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
By James Stagg
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