The AAE is an examination rather than a competition with all or none of the candidates achieving the award depending on their ability to attain the standard of excellence set by the judges.
All those who successfully reach the required standard will win the AAE. In addition, the 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 must currently be working full-time in the UK as a chef, pastry chef or waiter and should be no older than 26 at the close of entries on January 31 2023.
Applications can be made online with selection based on written entries. Successful candidates will go forward to regional quarter-finals in March and April with the semi-finals to be held in April and May. The finals will be held in June 2023 where finalists will be tested on a wide range of classical skills.
The three highest-scoring candidates will be awarded the accolade of Young Chef, Young Waiter, Young Pastry Chef of The Year as well as receive a £2,000 bursary thanks to the Savoy Educational Trust that will take the form of an educational trip, and work experience at Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social and at The Fat Duck.
All service semi-finalists and finalists are invited to direct entry to the Gold Service Scholarship with The Royal Academy of Culinary Arts Young Chef of The Year gaining automatic entry to the Final of Craft Guild of Chefs National Young Chef of The Year competition.