Cooking Above your Station? Enter the Graduate Awards Now!

Cooking Above your Station? Enter the Graduate Awards Now!


Cooking Above your Station? Enter the Graduate Awards Now!
Rising chefs looking to really make their mark are invited to enter the 2015 Craft Guild of Chefs’ Graduate Awards, with a “mouth-watering” mentor day in store for those that make the final round.

With Paul Gayler MBE signed up as chairman of examiners for the third year, the awards give chefs aged 23 and under the chance to test the skills they learnt in college and honed in the workplace.

Testament to the calibre of graduates, previous achievers include the likes of Richard Edwards, executive chef at Lords of the Manor, who recently earned his first Michelin star in his own right.

Successful candidates have to pass a number of culinary challenges in a high pressured environment and achieve a score of 85% if they reach the final exam, which includes butchery and fishmongery tests, a mystery basket challenge and the creation of a classic main and dessert.

Aside from the chance to win a coveted place in the Graduate Awards hall of fame, entrants who pass the paper entry stage and the regional cooking test get the chance to take part in a day of masterclasses with industry greats alongside a host of other gastronomic treats in the capital.

As an idea of what to expect, last year’s mentor day included a fun, educational Q&A with pastry chef Graham Hornigold from Michelin-starred Hakkasan Mayfair, an entertaining dinner with Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala with a look at flavours from across India, a trip to Smithfield market with a masterclass in butchery from The London Meat Co and a ‘filleting’ session at Billingsgate fish school.

Awards co-ordinator Steve Munkley said: “We are still in the process of putting the finishing touches to this year’s itinerary, but what I can say is that it is already looking positively mouth-watering, while we are also enhancing the social media surrounding the awards, with more blogs and forums.

“To experience all this, however, chefs first need to get their paper entry for the awards in and start the ball rolling in what could be a real boost for the CV and a turning point in their career.”

Paper entries closing date – 3rd May
Regional cooking test – 5th June (Sheffield College and University of West London)
Mentor day for finalists – w/c 13th July
Final exam – 27th August (Birmingham University College)
Cocktail presentation evening – 4th September (The Lancaster London)

AAK, CCS, City and Guilds, Essential Cuisine, GRAM, James Knight of Mayfair, Mars Foodservice, Meiko, MKN, Reynolds, Savoy Education Trust, Schwartz, The London Meat Co, Villeroy and Boch, and Warner Leisure Hotels are all sponsoring this year’s Graduate Awards.
To download an entry form, visit For more information, email or call 0208 948 3870. For live updates, follow the Craft Guild of Chefs on Twitter @Craft_Guild #CGCGradAwards.

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