Competition Information

Wednesday, 1 March, 2017

As Australia's longest running culinary competition, the Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF'S HAT AWARD is dedicated to helping junior and apprentice chefs develop their cooking skills and broaden their culinary horizons.

Entering the Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF'S HAT AWARD gives you an amazing opportunity to kick-start you and your teammates culinary career. You’ll be cooking from the get-go with the opportunity to test your skills against your peers. Plus, you’ll get the chance to be mentored by culinary instructors and given access to a national network of professional chefs.

You and your cooking partner could become nationally recognised as the best junior or apprentice chefs in the industry. Better still, you could win this year’s prize – a $15,000 culinary experience to Vietnam for a culinary experience trip of a lifetime.

At the National Final Cook-off, to be held in Sydney this September, all finalists have the opportunity to win medals for achievement to nationally recognised standards in entrée, main and dessert course categories. There are no entry fees and for finalists who make the National Final, reasonable travel and accommodation costs are met by the promoter where required.

To be eligible for entry, you must be an Australian resident working in the culinary industry and aged between 16 and under 25 on 30th September 2017. You must form a team of two and decide on your team leader. Then each team member must:

  1. Complete an online entry form.
  2. Tell us why you deserve to be the next Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF’S HAT AWARD winner.

Teams will then be selected for a Regional or Metro Cook-off (depending on where you live).

Winning teams in each Regional and Metro Cook-off will go on to compete at the National Final, to be held in Sydney in September.