We’re excited that the 2022 competition is back to live chef-to-chef cook-offs at both Regional and Grand Finals, so that young chefs can showcase their cooking skills and be rated against their peers.

Regional & Metro Cook-offs 

An amazing level of young chefs have signed up for the 2022 action and all will now go forward to compete in their regional or metro heat. Each chef will create two courses (main and dessert), to be prepared, cooked, and served in 2.5 hours.

Their dishes will be judged to globally recognised standards with the opportunity to win medals at each stage.




2022 Australia & New Zealand Regional Dates and Locations


Australia Dates and Locations

Canberra, Australia Capital Territory 23/05/2022
Grafton, NSW Regional 25/05/2022


Darwin, Northern Territory 08/06/2022
Newcastle, NSW Regional 22/06/2022
Adelaide, South Australia 29/06/2022


Perth, Western Australia 03/07/2022
Sydney, NSW Metro 05/07/2022
Brisbane, South Queensland 09/07/2022
Melbourne, Victoria 12/07/2022
Hobart, Tasmania 14/07/2022
Cairns, North Queensland 24/07/2022


New Zealand Dates and Locations

Christchurch, South Island 26/07/2022
Auckland, North Island 28/07/2022


Grand Finals

Fine Food Australia (Melbourne) 05/09/2022 & 06/09/2022
Industry Awards Night 07/09/2022


Regional Prizes

We'll select 1 winner per region to proceed to round 3 (the grand final cook-offs). They'll also win a kitchen equipment prize courtesy of SOLIDTEKNICS (2 pans per winner). Please note that NSW Regional will consist of four heats in the following towns (Bega, Newcastle, Grafton & Armidale). The NSW Regional participant who scores the highest points from the four NSW Regional heats will be invited to participate in Round 3.

Grand Final 

We're excited to announce the Grand Final will be held on Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th September 2022.
The Grand Final Cook-off will be held in the ACF Culinary Challenge Arena at Fine Food Australia at Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.




Grand Final Prizes

Award: Nestlé Golden Chef of the Year

The Winner will be awarded an $10,000AUD cash prize to support their culinary advancement.

Award: Best Savoury Dish

The entrant that has obtained the highest points for either their entrée or main course will be deemed Best Savoury Dish Prize Winner & will win a Tuition Package of their choice to the value of $2500.

Award: Best Dessert Dish

The entrant that has obtained the highest points for their dessert dish will be deemed the Best Dessert Dish Winner & will win a tuition package of their choice to the value of $2500.

Award: Most Creative Use of a Nestlé Product

One chef will be awarded the Most Creative Use of Nestlé Product receiving SOLIDTEKNICS kitchen equipment packages valued at $1,000AUD.

Award: Most Sustainable Approach Award

One chef will be awarded the Most Sustainable Approach Award receiving SOLIDTEKNICS kitchen equipment packages valued at $1,000AUD.