Acorn Scholarship 2010 now open for entries – and your chance to win prizes

14 September 2009 by
Acorn Scholarship 2010 now open for entries – and your chance to win prizes

The organisers of the Acorn Scholarship 2010 are inviting entries for this year's competition.

The Acorn Scholarship, now in its eighth year, is an independent award that "seeks out young, talented individuals within the industry and helps them to realise their career ambitions generating the leaders of the future". Two of the past seven winners have gone on to win a Caterer and Hotelkeeper Acorn Award.

The self-nominated award is open to individuals who are UK residents and are able to work in the UK without restriction. Only one scholarship is awarded each year to someone who demonstrates "passion and potential and who is at a point in their career when winning the scholarship will make a real difference".

The winning scholar will receive a £2,000 bursary to use for professional development, £1,500 work of Learnpurple training, plus monthly coaching sessions with Learnpurple managing director Jane Sunley, a trip to Villeroy & Boch in Luxembourg, a development lunch where the winner will meet with leading industry figures and agree their development and educational activity for the year ahead, a designated "mentor" who acts as their guide during their year as a scholar including drawing up a flexible training plan, Springboard UK Ambassador training, and an annual subscription to Caterer and Hotelkeeper.

The current Acorn Scholar, Simone Sylvestre, commented: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I have met some of the most amazing people and been lucky enough to travel the world learning more about the industry. It's all thanks to the contacts and friends I've made through the Acorn Scholarship. My confidence and knowledge has grown hugely this year and now I'm delighted to have taken on a bigger role within Compass as a result of my new found skills."

To enter, applicants are asked to write a submission and 10 finalists are chosen to present to a panel of judges including Michael Caines MBE, chef director, Abode Hotels, William Baxter, deputy CEO of BaxterStorey and Claire Sullivan, marketing director of Unilever Foodsolutions.

For more information on how to enter the scholarship, visit or contact chairman Jon Reed on 020 7836 6999. Deadline for entries is 23 October.

Caterer's networking forum, Table Talk, has joined forces with the Acorn Scholarship to offer some incredible prizes over the next few weeks. To win a host of amazing prizes including an overnight stay with dinner, bed and breakfast with spa treatment at any Malmaison/Hotel du Vin property, join Table Talk now. Each week all Table Talk members will be automatically entered into a prize draw, courtesy of the Acorn Scholarship. Simply go to to become a member.

Visit the Acorn Scholarship blog at Table Talk or check out current holder Simone Sylvestre's globe-trotting blog.

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By Amanda Afiya

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