The search for our best young chefs

May 15, 2014
Best Young Chefs
NESTLÉ'S GOLDEN CHEF'S HAT AWARD: The search for our best young chefs.

A record number of up and coming young chefs have entered the oldest running culinary competition in Australia – Nestlé’s Golden Chef’s Hat award.

This year’s Golden Chef’s Hat Award, which will culminate in a national final in September in Melbourne, has received an all-time record level of entries that has exceeded expectations – representing a 30 per cent increase on the number of entrants last year.

The competition is open to junior and apprentice chefs working anywhere from clubs and pubs to fine dining restaurants.

Executive Chef at Nestlé Professional, Mark Clayton, who runs the cook-offs in partnership with the Australian Culinary Federation, said the competition which has been running for nearly 50 years is still offering young chefs an opportunity to develop their skills.

Best Young Chefs

“Our objective is the same now as it was in 1965 – to offer young chefs a springboard for their career development – so it’s extremely encouraging to see so many chefs step up this year to put themselves forward to have a go,” he said.

Regional cook offs will begin in June and the winning team from each region will go to the national final where the contestants will have to prepare an entrée, main dish and dessert.

This year’s winning team will be awarded a trip to France to attend the Bocuse d’Or final to see the best chefs in the world cook for the ultimate title and be mentored and trained by Bocuse d’Or Australian candidate, Chef Shannon Kellam.

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