There's just five days left to enter the Acorn Scholarship 2010 and in the run up to the awards, the organisers have joined forces with Caterer's networking forum, Table Talk, to offer lunch for two at the two-Michelin-starred Gidleigh Park plus a hamper from Unilever Foodsolutions.
All you have to do is join Table Talk and then, on Friday, every member of Table Talk will be entered into a prize draw. Simply go to www.caterersearch.com/tabletalk to become a member and be in with a chance of winning.
If you are interested in entering the Acorn Scholarship, the self-nominated award is open to individuals who are UK residents and are able to work in the UK without restriction. Only one scholarship is awarded each year to someone who demonstrates "passion and potential and who is at a point in their career when winning the scholarship will make a real difference".
The winning scholar will receive a £2,000 bursary to use for professional development, £1,500-worth of Learnpurple training, plus monthly coaching sessions with Learnpurple managing director Jane Sunley; a trip to Villeroy & Boch in Luxembourg; a development lunch where the winner will meet with leading industry figures and agree their development and educational activity for the year ahead; a designated "mentor" who acts as their guide during their year as a scholar, including drawing up a flexible training plan; Springboard UK Ambassador training, and an annual subscription to Caterer and Hotelkeeper.
The current Acorn Scholar, Simone Sylvestre, commented: "This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I have met some of the most amazing people and been lucky enough to travel the world learning more about the industry. It's all thanks to the contacts and friends I've made through the Acorn Scholarship. My confidence and knowledge has grown hugely this year and now I'm delighted to have taken on a bigger role within Compass as a result of my new found skills."
To enter, applicants are asked to write a submission and 10 finalists are chosen to present to a panel of judges including Michael Caines MBE, chef director, Abode Hotels, William Baxter, deputy CEO of BaxterStorey and Claire Sullivan, marketing director of Unilever Foodsolutions.
For more information on how to enter the scholarship, visit www.acornscholarship.org.uk or contact chairman Jon Reed on 020 7836 6999. Deadline for entries is 23 October.
Visit the Acorn Scholarship blog at Table Talk or check out current holder Simone Sylvestre's globe-trotting blog.
By Amanda Afiya
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