Nestlé Professional has launched its 2021 Toque d'Or competition with a new format designed to wider the entry criteria.
The contest has been running since 1989 and aims to inspire the next generation of hospitality professionals.
This year's event will be open to those already in entry-level front and back of house roles, as well as college students and apprentices.
For the first time the competition timeline has been adapted in line with college courses to make it easier for lecturers to support students in the process, and to provide the best opportunity to hold the finals and awards in-person next year.
Katya Simmons, managing director of Nestlé Professional UK&I, said: "2020 has been an unprecedented and hugely challenging year for hospitality. Through it all, we've pulled together and, now more than ever, it's important we work as a community to help build a sustainable future for the hospitality industry."
All back and front of house apprentices, students and young professionals will be given their relevant entry task on 1 February.
Heats will take place early April, with finalists announced on 30 April.
The finals and awards will be hosted in the last week of June with the awards broadcasted live over YouTube in the third week of July.
Entrants are encouraged to register via https://www.nestleprofessional.co.uk/toque-dor. Registrations close on 31 January 2021.