Philip Howard supports industry's Annual Awards of Excellence

Philip Howard has extended his support for the Royal Academy of Culinary Arts (RACA) and has been announced as the honorary president of the Annual Awards of Excellence (AAE) 2024. 

The chef is patron of the Michelin-starred Elystan Street in Chelsea Green, and pasta restaurant Notto in Piccadilly Circus, with a new site launching in Covent Garden later this month. 

Howard is described as a 'chef's chef', quietly notching up years of service – including his 25-year tenure at The Square. He remains a partner of five other London restaurants (The Ledbury, Kitchen W8, Church Road, Perilla and Lorne) and Union in Montalbert La Plagne in the French Alps. 

Howard is an active member of the RACA and sits on both the management committee and the sustainability committee. He has played a significant role in the progression and development of two culinary competitions – the Young Chef Young Waiter and National Chef of the Year. 

The RACA is now accepting entries for the AAE 2024. Applicants must currently be working full-time in the UK as a chef, pastry chef or waiter and should be up to a maximum age of 26 at the close of entries on 31 January. 

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 a standard of excellence set by the judges. All those who successfully reach this standard will achieve the AAE. Additionally, the candidate who scores the highest marks in each section will be named the RACA Young Chef, Young Pastry Chef and Young Waiter of the Year 2024. Enter via the website:


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