Developing the Next Generation of Chefs since 1965

For 56 years, we’ve given young chefs the opportunity to kick start their careers in the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award.

The culinary competition provides a platform for emerging talent to benchmark themselves against their peers, learn from leading industry experts and experience the opportunity of a life time.



What's the competition like?
2019 Highlights Video

At a Glance


Year Legacy

since inception

Regional Finals
across ANZ

Grand finalist


Cash Prize

Grand Finals Update


We're excited to announce the Grand Finals will be held on Wednesday the 17th November 2021,
Each of the finalists will compete in commercial kitchens across Australia and New Zealand with judges onsite to taste their food. At the same time, their dish creations will be live streamed to a panel of remote judges who will calibrate the results.

A Virtual Awards ceremony will be broadcast on 30th November 2021 to celebrate the results of the talented chefs, so stay tuned for more details..

2021 National Finalists

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Jamie Jackson - South Island, NZ

Samantha Warena - North Island, NZ

Jayden Osbourne, Regional QLD

Ashleigh Handsaker, Regional NSW

Sarah Jones, South Australia

Abby Formentin, Western Australia 

Kimberly Tang, Victoria

Semra Peach, Tasmania

Amber Heaton, QLD Metro

Jarrod Everett, Northern Territory

Noah Cairnduff, Australian Capital Territory

Jeremy Lackenby, NSW Metro Finalist

12 grand finalist chefs will  compete in the ultimate culinary showdown at the grand finals with one winner taking out Golden Chef of the Year and a $10,000 cash prize. 

Find out more about the winning chefs from each region and their dishes HERE


Entry Phase Video Winners

As part of the entry process, chefs were able to create a video to showcase their skills and personality, ahead of the regionals. 

Six chefs landed themselves a $250 cash equivalent gift card! Check out the brilliant 2021 video winners below.



2021 Video Winners
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Register for Next Year

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