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Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award competition returns

Nestlé have announced the annual Golden Chef’s Hat Award competition has launched for 2024, calling upon aspiring junior chefs.

In a recent announcement Nestlé Professional stated it is celebrating 59 years of supporting the next generation of Australian and New Zealand chefs.

The Nestlé Golden Chef of the Year offers young chefs an opportunity to win 14-day international culinary experience in Singapore.

Nestlé stated since 1965, the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award competition has provided a springboard for more than 8,000 young chefs to advance their careers. It is a unique, career-making opportunity for Australian and New Zealand apprentice and junior chefs to put their talent to the test and gain industry recognition.

Nestlé executive chef and golden chef judge, Elke Travers said, “More than just a competition, the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award provides young chefs with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build friendships and realise their ambition, while expanding their professional and personal horizons.”

Entry is open to chefs aged 16-24.

Nestlé explained from May, more than 120 participants will compete in metro and regional cook-offs across Australia and New Zealand, for only one contestant to be crowned the Nestlé Golden Chef of the Year. Entry is free with prizes at every stage.

In September, 12 finalists will battle it out at the Grand Final at Melbourne’s Fine Food Australia Expo. Held over two heats in front of a live audience, the national winner will be named the Nestlé Golden Chef of the Year at the awards ceremony the following day, with special industry guests in attendance.

Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat 2021 national winner, Kimberly Tang said, “Competing in the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award is an unforgettable experience. It provides that rare opportunity to gain access to amazing chefs, test your skills and get creative in a supportive environment, while also making meaningful industry friendships.”

Entries for the Nestlé Golden Chef Hat Awards are now open and will close at 11:59pm on Monday 6 May 2024.

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