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Von Essen becomes main sponsor of Young Chef Young Waiter

25 May 2009 by
Von Essen becomes main sponsor of Young Chef Young Waiter

Luxury hotel group Von Essen has become the main sponsor for the Young Chef Young Waiter competition, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Young Chef Young Waiter is an award for both front and back of house that is open for chefs and waiters aged 25 and under.

It is organised by the Restaurant Association in partnership with HSBC, the Savoy Educational Trust and Sodexo, as well as various sponsors, and rewards the best young chef and young waiter in the hospitality industry.

Judges will include Bruce Poole, chef proprietor of the Michelin-starred Chez Bruce, as the chair of the chef judges and Stephen Mannock of Darlington College as the chair of the waiter judges.

As the main sponsor, Von Essen will support the competition financially, host events at two of its hotels and provide one of the main prizes.

Von Essen chief executive Nick Romano said: "We are delighted to be supporting this very important competition, which encourages young talent throughout the hospitality industry and throughout the country."

Bob Cotton, chief executive of the British Hospitality Association (BHA), added: "Young Chef Young Waiter last year attracted more than 200 entries from both well known and lesser known establishments.

"This year we want to increase this number and encourage many more entries from all sectors of the hospitality industry."

Entry forms for the competition are available by emailing pauline.jackson@bha.org.uk or calling 020 7404 7744, with the deadline for entries being 7 July.

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By Kerstin Kühn

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