Doug Sanham, 27, and George Lee, 19, who both work at The Beacon in Tunbridge Wells have been shortlisted for a national scholarship, worth £5,000.
Known as the Acorns, the scholarship is an independent bursary award created by The Caterer, the leading trade magazine for the restaurant and hospitality industry which is now in its 14th year.
The competition presents a young manager, chef, HR manager, sommelier, or any young high-achiever involved in hospitality with the opportunity to make a name for themselves by presenting their skills and ambitions to some of the most respected names in the industry.
Doug Sanham, Sous Chef and George Lee, Assistant Manager at The Beacon, are two finalists on a shortlist of 10, including entries from the Four Seasons and The Savoy Hotel, London. Past winners include Simon Houston, now sales director of Bartlett Mitchell, award-winning chocolatier and patissier Will Torrent and Daniel McLoughlin, opening project manager of Shoda Café & Restaurant.
The winner will be chosen after a full day of face-to-face interviews at Coworth Park, Berkshire in on 21st November.