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British cooking revolution celebrated with launch of prestigious ‘Chef Stagiaire award’

An inspiring new experience launching in January 2014, the Chef Stagiaire Award seeks to uncover the cream of the new wave of young chef talent currently emerging as the British cooking revolution continues apace. Entrants are all aiming to win the ultimate experience of Stages in some of the finest kitchens in the world.

Twenty of the most innovative entrants will battle it out in the Chef Stagiaire Award, each one taking part in a 1 week Stage at one of twenty of the most highly acclaimed restaurants in the UK [details below]

2 finalists will emerge who will go head to head in the final Stage at 2 Michelin star ‘Dinner by Heston Blumenthal’ at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London, where Executive Chef of The Fat Duck Group, Ashley Palmer Watts, will judge them both on technique, attitude and ability throughout the 1 week Stage.

The winner will undertake an unforgettable prize of an all expenses paid, 2 week trip to work with the pioneering  Dominique Crenn, the first female American Chef to be awarded 2 Michelin stars, at her ‘Atelier Crenn’ restaurant in San Francisco before flying on to the immense Six Senses ‘Zighy Bay Resort’ in Oman, voted Best Restaurant in the Middle East 2012, for a further 2 weeks of creative cooking as well as enjoying the opulent accommodation.

An elite team of widely celebrated British Judges will form the panel to assess the initial paper applications which shortlist the entrants down to the final 20;

•             James Mackenzie of The Pipe & Glass, Yorkshire [1 Michelin Star]

•             Richard Turner of Turners, Birmingham [1 Michelin Star]

•             Robert Kirby, Chef Director of Lexington Catering, London [Cateys Chef of the Year 2013]

For more information click here or alternatively you can call 0800 012 6949 or email