Backing our Culinary Olympics National Youth team all the way!

Wednesday, 27 November, 2019

Australia’s top national young chef talent are gearing up to compete in the world’s oldest, largest and most diverse international exhibition of culinary arts, the one and only IKA/Culinary Olympics!

Started in 1892, the IKA/Culinary Olympics actually proceeded the Athletic Olympics by four years - how’s that for pioneering in foodservice!

Held in Frankfurt, Berlin, then Erfurt, the 2020 IKA/Culinary Olympics will be held in Stuttgart for the first-time ever (14-19th February) and will see the Australian National Youth Team compete amongst over 2,000 professional chefs.

Mark Clayton, the Executive Chef at Nestlé Professional says, “Teams from all over the world will be gathered together for this truly unique global competition. It’s the ultimate culinary showdown and Nestlé Professional is very proud to be supporting the national youth team in their journey - all the way to Stuttgart!”

The team is travelling from Australia to Stuttgart, Germany!

“In no other cooking competition do so many professional chefs get to measure their skills against each other. It’s a unique chance for Australia’s best and brightest young chefs to be judged under immense pressure by the best of the best expert global judges.”

The six-strong team line-up comprises young chef talent who have each demonstrated absolute dedication to their culinary advancement and a strong desire to represent Australia on the world stage.

In fact, every team member is an award-winning junior chef at a combination of state, national and international levels. Even more impressive is that each of the chef talent have had to compete in the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award as a pre-selection requirement, due to the high judging standards of the competition and it’s lead position as Australia’s top culinary award for young chefs. The Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award truly opens doors for chefs under 25 on a global scale!

Youth Team Australia will compete against 24 countries, striving for perfection and precision across each and every plate (they won’t know which of their 180 dishes the judges will judge!) in front of an audience of over 30,000 visitors from across the globe.

With Team Australia ranked in the top 10 countries in the world the stakes are high, and the National Youth Team will be pushing hard to maintain and improve its standing.

“Participation in this competition is both an honour and an opportunity for young chefs to represent their country on the global stage. It stacks up to be an intense three-years of training for our national culinary youth team,” Patrick O Brien, Australian National Culinary Youth Team Manager.

It’s almost time for our National Youth Team to step up and fight for the medals and as the anticipation builds, Nestlé Professional is behind them all the way!

What an incredible opportunity for our home-grown chef talent to demonstrate their talent and potential on the world stage!


Team Captain Billy Fox - Sous Chef, The Huskisson, Jarvis Bay

'I can’t wait for the Culinary Olympics experience; it’s going to be epic!

Nattawat Thingdee - Chef de Partie, Sandalford Winery

My main goal is to continue improving my skills and be the best chef I can be.

Tori Pickens - Chef de Partie, Crown Perth

I believe competing against your peers really develops you as a person.

Matt Wills - Chef, Red Spoon Co.

I literally can’t wait to walk into the opening ceremony representing Australia!

Maverick Cuthbert - Chef de Partie, Ritz-Carlton Perth

Competing in a team is the ultimate way to learn more and improve your skills.

Harrison Joyce - Commis Chef, QT Hotel Perth

I’m excited to see what other young chefs from across the world are doing.

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Bring it on - 2020 IKA/Culinary Olympics!