The organisers of the Craft Guild of Chefs Awards have launched their search to find the winners of their 2013 event.
The celebration, which marks their 20th anniversary of the awards, will take place on Monday 10 June in the Great Room at the Grosvenor House, A JW Marriott hotel.
To mark the occasion, the 2013 theme has been confirmed as emerald, a green jewel that signifies a 20-year milestone and will bear the guild's emblem on the awards night.
The guild is looking for nominations for candidates from across the chef profession for 15 award categories. Candidates must demonstrate culinary excellence in their field.
Categories remain the same as last year except for the Education Chef Award, which has become the Chef Lecturer Award, to recognise the evolution of the education sector and the motivating force behind the UK's student chefs.
A 16th award is reserved each year for one person who the Craft Guild believes has made an outstanding contribution to the industry. Last year's award went to Cyrus Todiwala, who the guild described as "one of the most charismatic, colourful and enlightening chefs in the industry".
To mark the 20th anniversary, all 19 previous winners of the special award will be invited to the awards ceremony, which is expected to be attended by more than 800 industry professionals.
Craft Guild of Chefs vice-president and awards organiser Steve Munkley said: "In the chefs circle, it will be the biggest event of the year and I, personally, am so proud of how the awards have evolved in the past 20 years, and the way chefs feel about receiving one.
"One thing that does need emphasising, however, is that, if a chef isn't in it, they can't win it, and no-one should question why someone hasn't been named if they haven't nominated them. We want to know about chefs who demonstrate outstanding culinary excellence, whatever sector they work in, to give them the chance to win a place in our hall of fame."
The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards aim to reward leading lights from across the industry, whether they work in a village pub, fine-dining restaurant, city university, a military unit or in contract catering. They might even be a development chef for national retailers.
For a chance to win, candidates must first be nominated by a peer or mentor. They are then scrutinised by a panel of judges comprising experts from various sectors.
For the People's Choice Award, which is now in its third year, a shortlist will be drawn up from the nominations and put up on an online voting forum to find an overall winner.
To nominate, visit www.craftguildofchefs.org. The deadline for entries is February 15th.
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