Entries are open for the Teflon Diamond Standard Awards and close on 31 October 2018.
The competition is designed to acknowledge and encourage excellence in the catering industry and open to all students in the UK over 16 and under 19 years old.
Launched in 2012, the Diamond Standard Awards, sponsored by Teflon™ non-stick coatings is a prestigious, well respected initiative amongst industry leaders that recognises excellence, supporting students to achieve their goal of working as elite chefs in this dynamic industry. More recently the competition was broadened, offering the chance for non-professional cooks to gain recognition for their cooking ability at home.
For students, this is potentially a life changing opportunity to receive a three-year Specialised Chefs Scholarship and training to become a fully qualified chef.
The scholarship is divided into two categories; work based training with a chef member of the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts at one of the finest hotels or restaurants in the UK and full time block release tuition at Bournemouth & Poole College. The course is arranged by the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts and Teflon™ non-stick coatings, Chemours and managed by The Bournemouth & Poole College.
2015's Aspiring Student Chef winner James Ganderton completed his training at Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa and will be graduating the Specialised Chefs Scholarship. While last year's Keen Young Cook Winner, Harriet Morgan-Barstow is currently training at London's five-star hotel The Dorchester.
The judges chaired by Lesley Waters will choose their winners of the Keen Young Cooks & Keen Home Cooks at the Waitrose Cookery School in London at a national cook-off on 23 January 2019 and the Aspiring Student Chefs will cook on 4 February 2019 at Bournemouth & Poole College.
For more information on the competition and to enter please visit www.teflondsa.co.uk.