The Academy’s Awards are aimed at all ages and stages of development, from young professionals at the beginning of their careers to the continual professional development of established chefs, pastry chefs and waiters. The two awards are:

Annual Awards of Excellence

Begun 1983, the AAE is the most prestigious award available to young people in the hospitality industry today, recognising and encouraging the most talented ambitious Chefs, Pastry Chefs and Waiters. Open to young professionals aged between 20 and 26 the purpose of the Awards is to inspire and encourage them to achieve the highest possible standards in their chosen profession – Kitchen, Pastry or Service – and to offer a launch pad for success in their career.

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Master of Culinary Arts

Launched in 1987 as the Meilleur Ouvrier de Grande Bretagne (MOGB), the Master of Culinary Arts is held every four years and rewards ability and achievement of the highest degree in Culinary Skills, Pastry and Restaurant Management & Service to those over the age of 26. Seen as the ultimate accolade awarded for outstanding craftsmanship to Chefs, Pastry Chefs and Restaurant Managers throughout the United Kingdom, the MCA is a lifetime achievement.

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