With young chefs needing support more than ever, Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF'S HAT AWARD continued their important contribution to developing the next generation of talented chefs.
With the top 10 spots filled, the scene was set for the Grand Finals. But as restrictions continued, it simply wasn’t an option to have the finalists compete live together. The solution: simultaneous finals events were held at multiple locations, from Perth to Christchurch, Hobart to Darwin, and everywhere in between.
The stakes were high, with the finalists pushing themselves across entrée, main and dessert courses. Expert judges were assigned to each finals location to assess professional practices, presentation and the all-important taste factor.
“All of the chefs represented themselves to an incredible level, they simply went beyond. Right across their menus, they rose to the challenge and were exceptional when it came to flavour, technical expertise and overall creativity,” Mark Clayton Executive Chef Nestlé Professional.
Ultimately three chefs were in play for the Golden Chef of the Year. Gold medals were achieved by Eve Sheraton from Brisbane and Maverick Cuthbert from Perth, along with Sam Heaven from Napier, New Zealand.
But there could be only one winner, with Sam Heaven being crowned the 2020 Golden Chef of the Year. Sam who has been awarded $10,000 to further his culinary career was elated:
“This caps off an incredibly challenging time not only for me but for all the other young chefs across New Zealand and Australia who have had to deal with the uncertainty of a global pandemic. To achieve success in this event I had to park all the stresses of two lockdowns as well as being part of launching a new restaurant and 5 star hotel, and forge ahead with an end game in mind of winning” - Sam Heaven, 2020 Golden Chef of the Year
By Sam Heaven
Entrée: Salt Baked Onions, Mushroom, Fennel and Fermented Rice purée, Juniper
Main: Reconstructed Chicken and Butternet Tart
Dessert: Chocolate, Sour Pear Mousse, Umami Caramel and CHEF Black Garlic Paste
Chef Davy Dai from Victoria also achieved the Most Creative Use of a Nestlé Product Award and was awarded a $1,000 cash prize.
By Davy Dei
Main: Mushroom stuffed chicken, confit potato, broccolini with blueberry salad, port wine glaze and chicken apricot jus
See the highlights from this year's competition below
Watch the full Virtual Awards Ceremony HERE
Congratulations to all our finalists
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