The William Heptinstall Award
We're delighted to announce that Harry Van Lierop of The Ledbury is the winner of the 2024 William Heptinstall Award.

 What is the Award?

The William Heptinstall Award is made each year to enable a young person to widen his or her culinary experience whilst travelling outside the UK. Following a most generous donation from the family of F John Avery MW, in memory of his unwavering commitment to the Award and to wine appreciation and knowledge, the Trustee Directors were pleased to increase the value of the Award to £4,000 from 2018, of which £500 should relate to wine education. 

The Award is designed to allow the recipient fully to experience the cuisine of the area to be visited, while undertaking an overseas stage or stages that had already been contemplated, with this increase granted to allow a specific focus on wine. 

Who is eligible to apply?

Young persons, under the age of 30, who are establishing a career in the catering industry and are normally resident in the United Kingdom are encouraged to apply.  Only previous winners are not eligible to re-apply.

How is the winner selected?

Applicants should complete and return the Application Form, together with a short piece on how they would spend the award money if they won.  As explained on the Form, a brief reference from their employer or tutor is also required.

Candidates will be short-listed on the basis of their Application Form and the other material submitted.

The Trustee Directors will invite short-listed candidates for interview in London on a date usually during May - this will not involve a test of practical skills. Following the interviews these candidates will be guests of the Directors for lunch at a top London restaurant.

How may Restaurant and Catering College Management help?

Restaurant Management, Heads of Catering Colleges and Culinary Schools are encouraged to support their young chefs in applying for this Award.  They may do this by completing their section of the Application Form, and by allowing time off to attend the interview.  The list of Previous Winners clearly shows the high standards of the sponsoring establishments and the positive influence of this Award on chef employment prospects

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Ben Cowley 2019 Folium

Dan Cornish 2022 with the team at Restaurant Zen

Martin Evans 2009 Kitchens at Le Bernadin