The Academy of Culinary Arts is now accepting entries for the Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE) 2009.
The AAE recognises talented up-and-coming hospitality workers and since it began in 1983 more than 300 people have achieved the award.
All finalists receive a certificate and bottle of Mumm Champagne at the national finals next April.
Candidates that achieve the standard also receive an invitation to a gala presentation dinner in July 2009, where they will receive a chef's jacket or sommeliers apron and a diploma recognising their achievement.
At the dinner the overall winner in each section (kitchen, pastry and service) will be revealed and presented with prizes worth more than £2,000.
Applicants must be currently working full-time in the UK as a chef, pastry chef or waiter and have worked within the industry for the past two years. They should be aged between 20 and 26 on 31 December 2008.
The closing date for entries is 21 November. Entry forms can be obtained from Susannah Bentall at the academy on 020 8673 6300 or by e-mailing email@example.com . Visit the Academy of Culinary Arts website for more.
By Chris Druce
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