Academy of Food and Wine Service

Our trade and training partner, The Academy of Food and Wine Service (AFWS), was established in 1988 and is the professional body for front-of-house service.

It is dedicated to improving the status and awareness of food and beverage service as a viable career choice, raising standards across the industry and encouraging teamwork with other colleagues. AFWS can offer advice and training to anyone following, or considering, a career as a sommelier, wine waiter, waiter, bar manager or restaurant manager.


People 1st Quality Mark

Evolve Hospitality Recruitment’s Training Centre of Excellence has been awarded the People 1st Quality Mark, making us the only agency in London to have achieved this.

“The panel were impressed to see that as an agency you have shown a willingness to ensure that your agency staff have the opportunity to grow and develop their skill set through specific training, thus raising the standards within the sector.  A wealth of knowledge has clearly been used to develop and adapt the programme, ensuring it remains relevant and meets employers’ needs” – People 1st
Tanta Marie

Evolve Hospitality is officially recommended as employment agency of choice by Andrew Maxwell, the managing director for the UK's oldest independent cookery school, the Tante Marie Culinary Academy. The academy has developed an internationally acclaimed reputation for excellence,  with graduates running successful businesses around the world.

The Association of Catering Excellence
The Association of Catering Excellence is an organisation that encourages caterers and associates from all sectors of the industry to network face-to-face, exchange ideas, socialise and keep in touch. Its membership includes a cross section of managers, chefs, consultants, students and suppliers from the Hospitality and Food Service Sector.

The National Chef of the Year
Evolve Hospitality Recruitment are proud sponsors of The National Chef of the Year competition - one of the UK's most respected culinary titles. Running since 1972, it has helped to launch the careers of some of the industry’s most celebrated chefs, many with Michelin stars. Past winners include Gordon Ramsey, Mark Sargeant, David Everitt-Matthias, Lou Jones, Bruce Sangster, Simon Hulstone and Alyn Williams.

David Mulcahy, Vice President at Craft Guild of Chefs, said: “National Chef of the Year would not exist without the ongoing support from our incredible sponsors. Evolve’s sponsorship and continual support has a really important part to play in not only the UK’s most prestigious culinary competition, but helping to uncover, support and promote some of the biggest culinary talent our industry has to offer.” 

Craft Guild of Chefs
Established in 1965 as a Guild of the Cookery and Food Association, the Craft Guild of Chefs has developed into the leading chefs’ association in the UK and has many members worldwide.

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