2021 Annual Awards of Excellence
Due to the disruption caused by Covid19, this year we will be holding a biweekly series of inspirational talks and masterclasses from the AAE alumni, as well as an opportunity to take part in projects and win a special AAE Lockdown Award from Honorary President Jason Atherton!
AAE Lockdown Awards
Your task is to share with us something that you feel proud of that you have achieved during your time in lockdown since March last 2020. It could be anything from additional work activities you have undertaken, voluntary work, or developing your knowledge or learning a new skill. It is up to you. This is completely voluntary, and it can be done in a number of ways, for example, a written piece with photos or images, a video or a social media post that can be shared. Please email Daniel@royalacademyofculinaryarts.org.uk or send a direct message to our social media channels and we will ensure that it is included one way or another. The deadline for entries is 2nd June and the winners will be announced by Jason Atherton on 7th July 2021.
The Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE), established in 1983, are the most prestigious awards available to young people in the hospitality industry today.
By recognising the most talented up and coming chefs, pastry chefs and waiters, these remain the only awards to cover all three categories of kitchen, pastry and service. The AAE is not just a competition but an examination, which means that every candidate has the chance to take home an award. It all comes down to their ability to meet the level of skill and excellence demanded by the judges. The top-scoring recipients of the AAE in each category will also be presented with the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Young Chef, Young Pastry Chef and Young Waiter of the Year awards. Each year the Young Chef, Young Pastry Chef and Young Waiter of The Year are awarded a once in a lifetime scholarship trip. You can read the 2017 winners trip reports below: Elena Bockshecker, Young Pastry Chef of The Year 2017 – LA Trip Report Lewis Hunter, Young Waiter of The Year 2017 – LA Trip Report Henry Wadsworth, Young Chef of The Year 2017 – LA Report
Who can enter?
Young people (aged 20-26) and working full-time in the UK as chefs, pastry chefs or waiters. Each entrant must submit a C.V. headshot photo and answer three questions.
A full list of past Annual Awards of Excellence winners can be seen here: AAE past winners 1988 -2019
Why you should enter?
Becoming an Annual Awards of Excellence winner has propelled many young careers over the years. Read how it affected household names such as Nathan Outlaw, Mark Sargeant and Clare Clark MCA along with many others here: AAE Case Study Why you Should Enter
The three top-scoring Annual Awards of Excellence Winners will receive the following: The accolade of Young Chef, Young Waiter, Young Pastry Chef of The Year £2000 bursary thanks to the Savoy Educational Trust The bursary from the Savoy Educational Trust 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. A Robert Welch Knife Work experience at Pollen Street Social with thanks to Jason Atherton Work experience at The Fat Duck with thanks to Heston Blumenthal Invited to money can’t buy hospitality experiences and exclusive Royal Academy of Culinary Arts events and trips A specially commissioned engraved Silver Trophy thanks to Gordon Hogg and Finclass All Service Semi-Finalists and Finalists are invited to direct entry to the Gold Service Scholarship The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Young Chef of The Year will gain automatic entry to the Final of Craft Guild of Chefs, National Young Chef of The Year All Annual Awards of Excellence Achievers receive the following: Champagne Laurent-Perrier Jeroboam AAE Lapel Pin Chefs Jacket courtesy of Continental Chef Supplies Membership of the AAE Alumni
Our committee members consist of
John Williams MBE
Chairman of the AAE
Chairman of Kitchen
Chairman of Kitchen
Yolande Stanley MCA MBE
Chairman of Pastry
Chairman of Pastry