The William Heptinstall Award


Applications for the 2017 Award have now closed, and details for the 2018 Award will be given on this website by mid-December. The 2018 Award will bring some exciting changes, although the details below for the 2017 Award give some guidance:

The completed Application Form, the short piece on how the award money would be spent, and the reasons of the employer or teacher for putting forward the candidate, must be received by the Trust by Friday 31 March 2017.

The Trustee Directors will invite short-listed candidates for interview in London on Tuesday 23 May 2017. The selected interviewees will be invited before the end of April.

At the interview candidates should be prepared to expand verbally on their career to date, their aspirations and proposed travel plans and explain how they would spend the award money in order to widen their culinary and vinous skills. An appreciation of the importance of seasonal ingredients in the development of a menu is important, as well as a very basic understanding of the marriage of wine with food. Candidates should also describe how they intend to record or document this experience both for their own benefit and that of the Trust.

Those candidates who already intend to develop their careers through international travel, irrespective of winning this Award, and have given some thought to their travel plans are more likely to be successful.  A review of recent winners' reports on the 'Previous Winners' page is likely to be very helpful when considering the format of one or two stages and in illustrating ways of getting the most out of the Award.

Reasonable travelling expenses for attending the interview will be paid at the discretion of the Trustee Directors, provided candidates submit original tickets, receipts or other documents to support their claim.

The decision of the Trustee Directors is final and no correspondence will be entered into in respect of their decision.

Payment of the Award

By Monday 16 October 2017 the winner will need to agree with the Trustee an outline travel plan and itinerary, including the names of the establishments where he or she proposes to work and study.

The trip is expected to commence within two years of the decision of the Trustee Directors, unless otherwise agreed.  £3,000 of the award money will be released, subject to 30 days notice, when it is needed for the stage(s).

Within 90 days of returning from the trip the winner will be expected to submit a report in the format agreed, recording and summarising the experiences gained. The report should include a digital summary written in Word (or other compatible format) between 3 and 6 A4 pages in length which, including photographs, is not significantly greater than 3Mb in size.  In addition at least six higher quality photographs of about 1.5 - 3.0Mb each should also be submitted.  Please see examples of such summaries on the "Previous Winners" page.  

The balance of the award money will be released when the report is received from the winner in the agreed format, at which time an Award Certificate will also be issued.

The Trustee Directors may publish the report in any medium (including this website, Facebook and Twitter) without further payment to the winner. 

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James Goodyear 2013 making pasta at Marea

Mark Machin 2005 Quote

Gary K  2002 Suvretta House