Developing the Next Generation of Chefs since 1965


For 57 years, we’ve given young chefs the opportunity to kick start their careers in the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award competition.

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. 


2022 Entries Are A Wrap!


It’s never been more important to come together to support our industry, inspire young talent and provide key skills for them to succeed in their careers.

This year’s competition is off to a flying start with an amazing level of young chefs signing-up to be a part of the magic. We’re excited to have you on board and see you take your culinary journeys to the next level chefs!


What's Next?


We’re back to live chef-to-chef cook-offs for 2022, giving young talent the opportunity to showcase their cooking skills and be rated against their peers.

Regional Cook-offs are fast approaching, with 13 culinary heats being held across Australia and New Zealand, in May-July.

From the regional heats, twelve grand finalist chefs will go forward to compete in the ultimate culinary showdown at Fine Food Australia, this September in Melbourne, with one winner taking out Golden Chef of the Year and a $10,000 cash prize.


At a Glance

Years Legacy

since inception

Regional Finals
across ANZ

Grand finalist

Nestlé Golden
Chef of the year

in prizes
to be won