Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Awards of Excellence 2023 is now open for entries!

Lisa Jenkins

Royal Academy of Culinary Arts

Premium Supplier 6th January 2023
Lisa Jenkins

Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Annual Awards of Excellence 2023 is now open for entries!

The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts is now accepting entries for the Annual Awards of Excellence 2023. 

Applicants must currently be working full-time in the UK as a Chef, Pastry Chef or Waiter and should be aged up to a maximum age of 26 at the close of entries on 31st January 2023.

The AAE is the most prestigious award available to young professionals in the hospitality industry today, recognising and encouraging the most talented ambitious Chefs, Pastry Chefs and Waiters. 

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 2023.

Applicants can enter the competition via the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts website and contact Daniel Moriss-Jeffery (email [email protected]) for more information. 

The closing date for entries is Tuesday 31st January 2023.

Selection is based on written entries. Successful candidates will go forward to regional quarter-finals in March/April and Semi-finals April/May and finals in June 2023 where they will be tested on a wide range of classical skills. 


 • The three highest-scoring candidates are awarded 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.
• 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 Bragard
Membership of the AAE Alumni


The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts is immensely grateful to the sponsors of the AAE 2023. ACT Clean; Berkmann Wine Cellars (product); Evolve Hospitality Recruitment; Maple From Canada; Champagne Laurent-Perrier (product); Maldon Crystal Salt Company; L’Unico Caffe Musetti; Savoy Educational Trust (Scholarship); William Edwards; Woods Foodservice; WPA Healthcare; The Staff Canteen (Media Partner), The Caterer (Media Partner).

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