Celebrating young people & championing careers in food, drink and hospitality across Sussex


The BITE Sussex Rising Star Awards are a celebration of the contribution that young people make to the amazing food, drink and hospitality sectors of Sussex. 

The importance of encouraging new talent to enter our industry – and for young people to see it as an exciting and fulfilling long-term career choice – is essential in ensuring we can all continue to enjoy quality food, drink and service in Sussex and ensuring our region is a great place to live, work and visit.

Presented by BITE Sussex and Sharp Media – the original team behind the Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival and Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Awards – the awards are open to anyone aged 26 or younger working in Sussex hospitality or food and drink production and retail.


  • Bar rising star: those working in pubs and bars

  • Farming rising star: those working in growing and rearing

  • Fishing rising star: those working in fish and seafood catch

  • Hidden Hero rising star: those working in the unseen back-of-house, including housekeeping, maintenance and back office

  • Kitchen rising star: those working as chefs

  • Production rising star: those working in the manufacture and processing of food and drink

  • Sussex Champion rising star: someone who has gone the extra mile

  • Up Front rising star: those working in hospitality front-of-house, service and consumer-facing service in retail

  • Vineyard rising star: those working in the growing of vines and production of Sussex wine

How to nominate & our judging process

  • Nominations open on 1 July 2021 at www.sussexrisingstars.com

  • Nominees must be working in a Sussex business and aged 26 or under on 30 November 2021

  • Colleagues, employers, friends, family and the winers, diners and enjoyers of Sussex food, drink and hospitality can nominate via the website, detailing why they are nominating the young person

  • Nominations close on 30 September 2021. After this date our judging panel of respected industry professionals will shortlist candidates for face-to-face or telephone interviews 

  • Winners will be announced at an award ceremony in November 2021

Download the BITE Sussex Rising Stars Awards brochure here

Judging Panel