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 Rescheduled**

Due to the postponement of the Fine Food Expo, we're busy figuring out the next best solution and wanted to assure you that we’ll update you as soon as we can.

Regional Finals are off and running

Regional Cook-offs are almost complete, with culinary heats being held across Australia and New Zealand, from June to August.

From the heats, 12 grand finalist chefs will go forward to 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.


2021 Regional Winners so far:

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


Regional Finalists


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
Giles Levitation

Register for Next Year

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