The Academy of Food and Wine (AFW) is now accepting entries for its front-of-house Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE).
Since their inception in 1988, the AAE have celebrated hospitality workers and companies who are raising the standards in the industry and have recognised up-and-coming talent.
The award categories include best company; best college; and the Dalmore award for excellence, which was last year won by Kensington Roof Gardens restaurant manager Peter Avis.
Other awards include the Adriano Ramos Pinto travel award, with a prize of a two-day trip to the Douro Valley in Portugal; and the New Zealand wine award, offering a trip to a New Zealand wine tasting in Berlin and a masterclass at the Sommelier School of Germany.
There is also the Savoy Educational Trust Phillip Thornton award for students or junior members of staff, which offers the winner work experience in several departments at the Andaz hotel in London; and the Savoy Educational Trust and Louis Jadot sommelier scholarship, awarding an educational trip to Burgundy.
This year also sees the launch of the Virgin rising star award for up and coming front-of-house stars of the industry who are showing outstanding talent, aptitude and initiative.
The closing date for entries is 10 September. Entry forms can be obtained from Helen Glen at the AFW on 020 8661 4646 or firstname.lastname@example.org
By Kerstin Kühn
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