Tuesday, 28 April, 2020

The short, maximum 3-minute video for the judging panel is a chance for you to present either a plated entrée, main or dessert dish (one dish only). You can create any dish you think best showcases your skills and best demonstrates your personality as a chef.



You have until 29 June (close time 11:59 pm AEDT) to submit your video entry.

We will judge the best 250 video entries who will win a $50 gift voucher and will proceed to the next round. Winners will be notified by 6 July 2020.

We will then shortlist 12 winners (10 from Australia and 2 from New Zealand). These winners will be announced on 27 July 2020 and will win a $250 gift voucher plus an opportunity to compete in the grand finals (date and location to be confirmed). The next 6 best submissions will be awarded with a $150 gift voucher.

The top 12 chefs will then compete in the grand finals, (details to be announced).


At the grand final cook-offs, one chef will take out the ultimate winner’s prize and be awarded a $10,000AUD cash prize to support their culinary career. The runner up will win $1,000AUD.



  • Include a name board at the beginning
  • Include an introduction
  • Include a dish description & preparation
  • Wearing Chef Uniform
  • Not exceed 3-minutes

Name Board

Please start your video holding a ‘board’ with your name and state/province (listed below) Please note a sheet of A4 paper with your name and state/province written clearly in black texter will do the job J


State/Province Locations 

NSW Regional

NSW Metro

QLD Regional

QLD Metro







NZ North Island

NZ South Island



Your name, where you are from, your most recent place of employment or study and concisely answer one question from the options below:


(Choose 1 from the list to answer)


1. Why do you love cooking? What drew you to food?

2. What does your ideal day as a chef look like?  

3. What most motivates you to do what you do?

4. Being a chef to me means…. (5 words or less)

5. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

6. What’s your most memorable culinary moment so far?


Handy Hint: Always start your response by repeating the question back!

I love cooking because…

What motivates me to do what I do is…

The best piece of advice I’ve been given is...


Dish Description

  • Be as descriptive as possible using your personality to sell the dish to the judge
  • Explain the components of the dish
  • Explain the techniques used in preparation
  • State the overall time of preparation
  • Clarify any unusual preparation practices

Wearing Chef Uniform

  • Please be in full chef whites to present yourselves professionally

VIDEO SCORING CRITERIA          = 5 points

Camera Presence                         2

Personal Presentation                    1

Story Telling                                     1

Lighting                                            0.5

Audio                                               0.5


Camera Presence

  • Shoot your video horizontally
  • Focus your eyes to camera
  • Let your personality shine through

Personal Presentation

  • Chef uniform (chef jacket and pants)
  • Present yourself in the best way

Story Telling

  • Map out what you want to say in the max 3-min time
  • Prepare and rehearse your main points
  • Make sure there’s a flow to what you’re saying


  • Is the lighting good?
  • Make sure your close up of the dish isn’t blurry


  • Is the audio clear?
  • Make sure the sound isn’t fuzzy or muffled

Your video submissions will be used for a host of purposes, including PR, social media and website content. This is an opportunity to raise your profile as a chef so please represent your best self – and importantly please smile, relax and BE YOU!




We’ve put together some simple tips to make your video look more professional. This is your chance to let the judges see your food and you at your best – so take note!



  • Lighting makes a huge difference in the quality of a finished video.
  • One thing to avoid is overhead lighting as it can cast unflattering shadows.
  • Windows are a good natural light source, just be aware of the time of day you’re capturing the video – morning or evening tend to work best when the light is softer.
  • You could also try using a large lamp or two.
  • Little or no shadow will create a more open vibe.
  • Experiment with light and be aware of where your main light source is.


  • Audio makes even more difference so make it a priority.
  • Fuzzy, muted or muffled audio is a big no-no.
  • Capture clear audio by putting your microphone as close to yourself as possible.
  • Be aware of any background noise that you might be picking up to – traffic, birds, even the wind will be very distracting.


  • Be deliberate about the background you use for filming, nothing looks less professional than a messy or distracting background.
  • An easy way to get a professional look for your video is to use a solid coloured background – a wall, a bed sheet or a large sheet of backdrop paper are all good options. Stand a few feet away from your backdrop to avoid casting shadows on it.
  • It’s always a good idea to shoot in a ‘professional’ environment – the place you work and no doubt spend most time – the kitchen!
  • So don’t discount using your kitchen at home, but remember it needs to be uncluttered, clean and ‘set up’ to look as professional as possible.

Avoid Shaky Footage

  • It’s hard to hold a camera completely steady, so try not to hold your camera at all if you can help it.
  • Instead, use a tripod, or set your camera on a sturdy surface.
  • Once you’ve got your camera set up, try not to move it unless you have to as panning around constantly detracts from the content of your video.


  • The rule of thirds is one of the most useful principles of film composition.
  • Imagine that there’s a 3-by-3 grid laid over the frame you’re filming.
  • The points where the lines intersect are particularly strong areas of focus, so think about this in terms of where to position yourself and your plated dish.


Use Your Phone the Right Way

  • No DSLR camera? No problem. You can use your phone to capture professional video footage. But there are a few things in mind if you’re going to use your phone for video creation:
  • Use the camera on the back of your phone. The front camera’s quality is not as good on most phones.
  • Record in landscape mode (that is, horizontally instead of vertically). This will give you footage that looks good on larger devices, not just phone screens.
  • If your phone has a feature that allows you to overlay a grid on your screen, use it. This will help you keep your phone level and avoid tilted footage.
  • If you have an iPhone, you can turn on the grid by going to Settings > Photos & Camera > Grid.

Work On Your Camera Presence

  • The way you carry yourself on camera has a big impact on how your content looks. Here are a few of the main things to focus on when you film yourself:
  • Stand up straight, keep your shoulders back and try to relax. Take deep breaths. Don’t cross your arms, it makes you look closed-off.
  • Smile, especially at the beginning of your video. It makes a huge difference in how you come across.
  • Slow down slightly when you talk, and make an effort to speak clearly.
  • If you feel jittery, try using props to keep your hands occupied.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Watch your footage back and go again if there are places you can improve or do better.


Please submit your video entry to us at by Monday 29th June.