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Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Awards Now Open for Entries

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts is now accepting entries for the Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE) 2020.

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 10th February 2020.

The AAE is the most prestigious award available to young professionals in the UK hospitality industry. Since it began in 1983 over 650 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 2020.

In addition, there’s a £2000 bursary available thanks to the Savoy Educational Trust. The bursary will take the form of an educational trip. Past trips include visits to New Orleans; Dubai; Mexico; Champagne; Tuscany; Barbados; St Lucia; Los Angeles; Hong Kong and Shanghai; Quebec and Los Angeles.

Selection is based on written entries. Successful candidates will go forward to regional quarter-finals in February and Semi-finals March/April and finals in May/June 2020 where they will be tested on a wide range of skills.

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