The Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF’S HAT AWARD is excited to reveal the top 10 Grand Finalists of the inaugural virtual culinary competition. 

This year has been like no other. In response to the challenges presented by the hospitality lockdowns, the competition quickly pivoted from a regional cook-off in culinary kitchens across New Zealand and Australia, to video entry. A new trans-Tasman element was also introduced with the competition launching into New Zealand to support even more chefs.

Representing talent from across New Zealand and Australia, the new competition format has seen a host of new young chefs put themselves to the test, showcasing themselves and their best dish. 

Executive Chef and Nestlé Professional head judge Mark Clayton says, “We’re really impressed by each and every chef for having the courage to give it a go with their video submissions, presenting themselves and their food to a high standard. We promised to standby our young chef community and our judges have been truly impressed by the level of creativity demonstrated and commitment from the chefs this year. It has been outstanding.”

Meet the Top Ten Golden Chef’s here and check out their epic dish creations:

Meet the top ten Golden Chef’s and check out their epic dish creations

The 2020 Chef of the Year will be awarded an AUD$10,000 cash prize to further their culinary career.

The Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF’S HAT AWARD is celebrating 55 years this year and exists to offer the next generation of young chef talent a platform to accelerate their culinary careers and become the culinary leaders of tomorrow.

The Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF’S HAT AWARD proudly partners with NZChefs and the Australian Culinary Federation who share in the collective vision of being dedicated to the development of young chefs and the future of the industry. We thank them for their ongoing support.

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