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Who will win the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award 2022?

The 2022 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award will showcase talented young New Zealand chefs and their skills and ignite their culinary careers.

Regional and final cook-off heats are back, with prizes at every stage. Fifteen regional cook-offs will be held across New Zealand and Australia to select the top 12 grand finalist chefs for 2022. Finalists will represent their regions in the ultimate culinary showdown at Fine Food Australia, in Melbourne this September.

#gc2022 will also see more prizes to be won. In addition to the ultimate Golden Chef of the Year $10KAUD cash prize, two new $2.5KAUD culinary tuition cash prizes for Best Savoury Dish and Best Dessert Dish have been created. These prizes will recognise the individual skills of the young chefs and contribute towards completion of their culinary tuition fees.

Chefs aged 16-25 entered online and will be selected to cook-off live, going up against their culinary peers in the regional heats, to select the 12 finalist contenders.

Last year’s Golden Chef of the Year winner was Kimberly Tang from Australia.

In 2020, New Zealander Sam Heaven took out the coveted award when the door was first opened to entrants from New Zealand.

Twelve entrants (one per region) will be awarded with a prize and invited to participate in the Grand Final cook-offs which will occur in Melbourne between 3-8 September 2022 (date/location is subject to change). There are five prizes to be won during the Grand Final cook-offs. Total prize pool $20,588.

For more information on the competition, visit

Stay tuned for the announcement of this year’s winners!