Annual Awards of Excellence 2019 now open!

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts is now accepting entries for the Annual Awards of Excellence 2019. Applicants must currently be working full-time in the UK as a Chef, Pastry Chef or Waiter and should be aged between 20 and 26 at the close of entries on 4th February 2019.

The AAE is the most prestigious award available to young professionals in the UK hospitality industry today, recognising and encouraging the most talented ambitious. Since it began in 1983, over 600 young professionals have won the Award, providing opportunities for a successful career path.

The AAE is an examination rather than a competition; all or none of the candidates can achieve the award depending on their ability to attain the standard of excellence set by the judges. All those who successfully reach this standard will win the AAE. In addition, the winning candidate who scores the highest marks in each section will be named the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Young Chef, Young Pastry Chef and Young Waiter of the Year 2019.

Selection is based on written entries and recipes for Kitchen entrants. Successful candidates will go forward to regional quarter finals in February and Semi finals March/April with the finals taking place in May/June 2019, where they will be tested on a wide range of skills.

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