ScotHot, Scotland's largest hospitality show, is searching for the 2012 ScotHot Young Restaurateur of the Year and ScotHot Young Hotelier of the Year in partnership with Caterer.com.
The awards, which are free to enter, recognise rising stars aged under 30 within the industry, and asks them to showcase their skills. Employers are invited to nominate deserving individuals. Deadline for entries is 10 October.
The winning restaurateur will win an exclusive work placement with Martin Wishart, while the winning hotelier will receive a prize including a work placement with Stephen Carter OBE of De Vere Cameron House on Loch Lomond.
The judges will be looking for clear evidence of how entrants have achieved success in the business through demonstration of an increase in sales and/or profit; excellent leadership skills and the ability to motivate and inspire their team; innovative working practices; a clear approach to sourcing, selecting and working with exemplar suppliers, including local producers; commitment to exceptional customer care and raising quality; a clear understanding of their target markets and demonstration of product development to suit existing or new markets; and a clear vision for the future of the business.
All shortlisted finalists will be invited with a guest to attend Caterer.com's Best Employers in Hospitality 2012 Scotland Awards on 6 November at Prestonfield House in Edinburgh, where the two winners will be announced and presented with their prizes.
ScotHot exhibition organiser Toby Wand, managing director of Fresh Montgomery, said: "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from the very best professionals in the industry. Judges of the competition are looking for individuals who have already helped to make a significant difference to their establishment, and who have demonstrated strong, inspirational leadership and exceptional customer care."
Ian Burke, director of Caterer.com, added: "These awards truly recognise young, talented individuals who are passionate about the industry. It is vital to the growth of Scotland's important hospitality sector that we continue to encourage and nurture professionals throughout their careers."
These awards are open to senior managers within the hotel industry, general managers and owners aged 30 or under. Individuals can enter themselves - however, where appropriate, a statement of support from the nominee's line manager must be submitted with the entry. The entrant must have worked in the hospitality industry for minimum of three years and must be working at a Scottish establishment.
A shortlist of applicants will be invited to present to the award judging panel later this month.
By Amanda Afiya
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