Sunday, 28 February, 2016

Billy Fox and Matt Wills have been crowned the national champions of Australia’s longest running and most credible culinary competition for young chefs.

The NSW Metro chefs turned up the heat against Australia’s top culinary talent at the national finals of the 2018 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award at Fine Food Australia, taking home gold medals for their main and dessert courses, silver for their entree course as well as the Nestlé Professional Most Creative Award.

The golden pair particularly impressed the judging panel with a standout main course of duo of Australian beef with mushroom crusted porterhouse and Korean BBQ oxtail with orange and maple carrot, pea tart and scented sauce.

The National champions have secured themselves a once in a lifetime culinary trip to Italy.

No stranger to the culinary competition arena, Matt who works at Merivale’s The Ivy is absolutely thrilled with the outcome.

Billy, who works at The Huskisson Hotel and has been a consecutive finalist over the last three years is proof that the third time really is a charm.

“I’m feeling great, this is so awesome and I couldn’t be prouder of my teammate, Matt. What an incredible achievement, we worked hard for a very long time for this. Practice makes perfect and we are proud to be bringing home the big hat trophy.”

Executive Chef at Nestlé Professional, Mark Clayton says, “This competition consistently attracts some of the best and brightest young chefs in the culinary industry. I’m continually impressed with the passion and creativity they bring to the table. Billy and Matt worked hard for this and it showed. Their performance was outstanding.”

The Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF'S HAT AWARD offers the next generation of young chef talent a platform to connect with their peers, learn new skills, create amazing dishes, and experience new opportunities to advance their culinary careers.

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