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Golden Chopsticks Scholarship 2024


Applications are now open for the 2024 Golden Chopsticks Scholarship

(Closing date – 31st August 2024)


Exploring and celebrating the cuisines and cultures of China and East and Southeast Asia 

Secure a grant of £5000 and a professional mentor for one year, to enable completion of a self-designed project that supports your personal and professional development and makes a positive contribution to industry or society.  


Open to those aged from 18 to 35, who are UK residents, whose professional roles, or educational focus, are on the cuisines and hospitality of China and East and Southeast Asia.


For enquires and to discuss possible applications, contact the OCC team (occ@oxfordculturalcollective.com).


The Golden Chopsticks Scholarship embodies the creative and entrepreneurial spirit of the first generation of immigrants who established the East and Southeast hospitality sector in the UK. We welcome applications from those who honour this legacy, whilst also forging their own distinctive professional paths.


This is your opportunity to engage in a creative project, of your own design, that will enhance your skills and attributes and have a positive impact on others.

Applicants are invited to propose a personal or professional development project that reflects their aspirations and passions and that will have a lasting legacy. This might involve the acquisition of skills that enable a move from a corporate role to entrepreneurial life; overseas travel, to engage in a distinctive learning experience; or the launch of a community project that will extend opportunities to others. The OCC Trust places no limits on applicants’ creativity and is looking forward to receiving truly innovative proposals.

Project proposals should be well constructed and show evidence of appropriate planning and research.

Project proposal should have a strong social or cultural purpose, designed to benefit others.

The winner of the Golden Chopsticks Scholarship will receive a grant of £5000 and mentoring support from one of the OCC Trustees, for a period of one year.


The scholarship submission deadline is 12 noon on 31st August 2024.

The shortlist will be published mid-September 2024, and the winner announced at an awards reception in early October (date tbc). 

The judges


Members of the judging panel are (from left):

Lucy Tse-Mitchell, OCC Trustee; co-founder of the Golden Chopsticks Awards; and Director of Seewoo.

The Lord Leong CBE (Sonny Leong), Chief Executive of the Civil Service College; Executive Chairman of the Academy for Parliamentary and Policy Studies; and Labour Peer.

Jeremy Pang, chef; food, drink and travel tv broadcaster; Director of Curious Crab Productions; and founder of The School of Wok.

Jane Sunley, OCC Trustee; co-founder of Hendrick & Hyde; and business author.


Your entry





For enquires and to discuss possible applications, contact the OCC team (occ@oxfordculturalcollective.com).

In your application, submitted online, you are required to include:




THE ‘SMALL PRINT’ (terms and conditions)

  1. The Golden Chopsticks Scholarship is open to UK residents aged from 18 to 35, who are UK residents, whose professional roles, or educational focus are on the cuisines and hospitality of China or East and Southeast Asia.
  2. Applicants must be working or studying in the fields of hospitality or gastronomy (or closely related fields).
  3. An outline budget must be submitted as part of each application.
  4. The OCC Trust maintains the right to challenge and revise outline budgets, in consultation with winning applicant.
  5. The full grant may be released in stages, in line with planned expenditure.
  6. The OCC Trust will work with applicants to establish a system for tracking expenditure and holding receipts.
  7. The OCC Trust will work with the winning applicant to refine and adapt their project proposal, and to facilitate its implementation, so as to achieve positive outcomes.
  8. The development project should ideally begin within six months of the announcement of the winner (October 2024) and be complete within two years.
  9. The winning applicant will be required to complete a reflective review of their experience of engaging in their project, which will be placed in the public domain. The format of this review will be agreed in advance with the OCC Trust (e.g., could be written report, filmed diary, oral presentation).
  10. Decisions of the judging panel, including on eligibility and on choice of winner, will be final and The Trust will not enter into communication about the merits of particular entries.


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