The Academy of Food & Wine, the front-of-house training body, is inviting all student chefs and wine waiters in the UK to enter a new competition, called Future Stars of Gastronomy.
The competition seeks to find the student chef and wine waiter team that plans and cooks the most impressive and well-considered two-course menu with matching wines.
Judges will take into consideration the theory and reasoning behind the food and wine combination, the presentation of the entry and the execution of the cooking and serving.
The winning Future Stars of Gastronomy 2010 will receive a 10-day, all-expenses paid trip, courtesy of award sponsor Discover the Origin, to understand the history and provenance behind the products of the wines from Burgundy, the hams from Parma, the cheese from Emilia Romagna and the wines from Porto and Douro Valley.
Nick Scade, chairman of the Academy of Food & Wine, said: "The Future Stars of Gastronomy competition aims to support the learning and development of hospitality students and reward talent and creativity. The aim is to encourage learners and recognise excellence in teaching establishments."
Entry forms can be downloaded from the Academy's website. The closing date for entries is 4 January. The final awards ceremony will take place on 19 July at Westminster Kingsway College, London.
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