Giles Gabutina and Alessio Nogarotto, who both work at Bentley Restaurant & Bar, have been crowned the national champions of Australia’s longest running and most credible culinary competition for young chefs. The National champions out cooked a host of new culinary talent at the finals of the 2019 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award at Fine Food Australia. The Sydney chefs impressed the judges with their winning menu, taking home silver medals for their entrée and main courses and gold for their dessert course.
The golden pair particularly impressed the judging panel with a standout dessert course of roasted and glazed pears with crème fraiche and citrus parfait, pear and burnt butter emulsion, toasted olive oil cake with a bitter citrus and fennel infusion. The national winners were awarded a $15,000 culinary trip of a lifetime to North America. The first-time competitors who thoroughly enjoyed the competition were thrilled with their result and proud to represent their home state.
“It’s still so surreal Alessio and I have won. We’re totally shocked but so happy with the result. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner and brother to do this with, and I’m so proud of what we have achieved together and what we will achieve in the future. To all the amazingly talented people I’ve met during this incredible experience and to everyone involved with this competition, I just wanted to say a massive thank you for providing me with one of the best experiences of my life so far. It’s been incredible from start to finish.”
– Giles Gabutina, 2019 National Winner
Celebrating 55 years in 2020, the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award exists to support the country’s top emerging culinary talent and has helped develop the careers of over 7,000 talented young chefs since its inception by providing young chef talent a platform to create new opportunities, learn valuable skills and connect with peers in the culinary industry.
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