Nestle Golden Chefs Hat Awards Tasmania Winners
Nestlé Professional sees record young chef entries in 2014 Golden Chef’s Hat Award

The organisers of the Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF’S HAT AWARD – Australia’s longest running culinary competition for young chefs – are proud to announce a record-breaking number of registrations for the 2014 competition.

This year’s GOLDEN CHEF’S HAT AWARD, which will culminate in a National Final this September in Melbourne, received an all time record level of entries that has exceeded expectations, representing a 30% increase in registrations on last year.

Standout registration volumes came from New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland South, with the organisers reporting capacity volumes across all regions.

Executive Chef at Nestlé Professional, Mark Clayton, who runs the Cook-offs in partnership with the Australian Culinary Federation, says this is a prime example of how Nestlé Professional is making more possible for young chefs. “This year’s entry levels are outstanding and testament that – as we approach our 50th Anniversary – we are still offering young chefs a relevant opportunity to develop their skills and broaden their culinary horizons.

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

Chef registrations represent apprentices working in an array of establishments, from clubs and pubs to award winning, fine dining restaurants.

Successful entrants will be notified on 23rd May and invited to compete in their region’s Cook-off. Regional Cook-offs will be held from June to July. The winning team from each region then goes forward to Cook-off at the National Final, where medals will be awarded to globally recognised standards, in entrée, main and dessert course categories.

This year’s winning team will be awarded a career-changing trip to France for the Bocuse d’Or World 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.