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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, Institute of Hospitality (a trade body promoting professionalism through lifelong learning, inspiring hospitality professionals to perform at their very best and earn the recognition they deserve) and creative marketing agency Sharp Media, 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

  • Nominate via the online form below. You may nominate in any or all categories

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

  • Please include the name, place of work and why you are nominating the individual

  • Colleagues, employers, friends, family and the winers, diners and enjoyers of Sussex food, drink and hospitality can nominate.

  • 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

Download the BITE Sussex Rising Stars Awards A3 poster here

Judging Panel