Tonight we are celebrating young talent in our industry as we announce which chefs will be joining the Graduate Awards Hall of Fame for 2015. But before we make the all important announcement, here’s eight facts you may not know about the awards. Please send your messages of support via Twitter to @Craft_Guild and use the hashtag #CGCGradAwards.
- The Craft Guild of Chef Graduate Awards began in 2003 and up to 2014, just 43 graduates have achieved the pass mark.
- 32 of these graduates were men and 11 were female.
- Over the last 13 years 620 young people have entered.
- The following sponsors have been with us since day one – C.C.S, James Knight of Mayfair, Villeroy & Boch, The London Meat Company, Reynolds and Savoy Trust.
- We started working with two colleges and are now working with four for the examination process.
- Over the last 13 years 880 theory questions have been set and answered by 310 people, making an incredible 272,800 answers.
- Chicken for Saute and Filleting Lemon sole have been the most popular skills tests.
- Graduates Ben Champkin and Luke Selby went on to win The Craft Guild of Chefs Young National Chef of the year.