Two twenty three year olds, Gabby Sanders, who works at The Monday Room in Christchurch, and Olive Olna of Rotorua, have each secured a trip to Melbourne to represent New Zealand in the grand finals of the 2022 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award.

Gabby successfully created a two-course menu of Hoisin Glaze Pork, Black Vinegar Dumpling and Umami Broth followed by a dessert of Chai Spice Cake with Pear, Coffee, Pecan and White Chocolate.

Gold medal winner from Christchurch, Gabby Sanders.

Olive successfully created a two-course menu comprising a main of a succulent pork medallion, BUITONI tomato pork ragout, gnocchi and sauteed silver beet. Dessert was choux pastry with Nescafe coffee bavarois, a ganache garnish and nutty crumble.

The judging panels rated each dish to globally recognised culinary standards, awarding Gabby an overall Gold medal and Olive a Silver medal.

“The dishes of our 2022 line-up of chefs have their cooking rated by world-class judges,” says Karlie Durrant, Communications & Sustainability Manager at Nestlé Professional.

“While it can be challenging, being judged to globally recognised standards is the best way for young chefs to challenge themselves to create magic on a plate. The competitors really delivered on the day with considered and well executed menus.

Silver medalist, Olive Olna of Rotorua.

“The award is so much more than a competition. We’re thrilled to be back to chef-to-chef cook-offs all the way from regionals to the grand final for 2022. It will allow all competing chefs to make connections with their peers, network with key people in the industry and broaden their culinary horizons.

The duo are now part of 12 top chefs from across Australia and New Zealand gearing up to do kitchen battle at Fine Food Australia in Melbourne this September, where one winner will take out Golden Chef of the Year and a $10,000 cash prize.

As Australia’s longest running culinary competition for young chefs, now in its 57th year, the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award gives young chefs the chance to showcase their skills at live regional and grand final cook-off heats, with culinary prizes on offer at every stage.

In addition to the ultimate Golden Chef of the Year $10K cash prize, two new $2.5K culinary tuition cash prizes for Best Savoury Dish and Best Dessert Dish have been created. These prizes will recoginse the individual skill of the young chefs and contribute towards completion of their culinary tuition fees.

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