Competition Information

Thursday, 24 October, 2019

Looking to create new opportunities, learn and connect with industry peers? Are you ready for more? This competition is for you!

Spanning five decades, the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award is the most credible culinary award in Australia. Celebrating its 54th anniversary in 2019, this Award exists to support the country’s top emerging culinary talent by offering the next generation of chefs a platform like no other to experience new opportunities and advance their culinary careers.

The Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award offers you an opportunity to showcase your skills and win globally recognised medals across entrée, main and dessert course categories.



Find a cooking partner and get your team together - you will both need to complete a registration form. On successful application, your team will be invited to compete in the Regional or Metro cook-offs (depending on where you live).


Ten winning teams from the Regional and Metro cook-offs will then go on to compete at the National Final, to be held in Melbourne, next September.


To succeed when it counts, national finalist teams must prepare and serve set covers of a three-course meal within a set timeframe to impress panels of top industry judges who score against strict globally recognised Worldchefs (WACS) marking criteria. The 2020 National Finals will be hosted at Fine Food Australia, when one winning team will take out the title and enviable $15,000 international culinary prize trip.

“It’s about the journey. It’s about challenging yourself. Taking it to the next level and pushing yourself to see what you can do. You get to meet new young chefs and really see what’s going on in the industry. The experience is life-changing. Chef’s become friends, friends become family and it creates a network that you can’t put a price on.”

Billy Fox, 2018 National Winner.


To be notified about entry for 2020, please email [email protected]

Important Information: Entry is for teams of two who are AU residents working in the culinary industry & aged between 16 & under 25 on 30.9.20. Regional & Metro cook-offs occur in Jun & July ‘20. National cook-off held in  Melbourne Sept ’20. Full T&C’s to be released when 2020 entry is live.