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Apprentice and junior chefs, who are:
•    Australian or New Zealand residents or a holder of a valid visa during the competition period (May 29 – September 4, 2024).
•    Aged from 16 and under 25 years on 31st December 2024.
•    A culinary student or currently employed (or recently employed within past 12 months) in a culinary profession (e.g., chef, cook, apprentice) and have the consent of their employer prior to entering.


Regional & Metro Cook-offs 

The first phase of the competition is the Regional & Metro Cook-Offs (Round 2), see below for dates and locations. Each chef will prepare and present in 2.5 hours, two covers of each course: Main (Hot: Protein with appropriate accompaniments) and Dessert (Hot or cold).
The dishes will be judged to globally recognised standards with the opportunity to win medals at each stage.



2024 Australia & New Zealand Regional Dates and Locations



29/05/24 NSW Regional Grafton

Location: TAFE NSW Grafton



12/06/24 New Zealand South Island

Location: ARA Institute of Canterbury 


13/06/24 - 14/06/24 New Zealand North Island

Location: Ignite Colleges 


24/06/24 Australia Capital Territory

Location: Canberra Institute of Technology 


26/06/24 South Australia - Adelaide

Location: TAFE SA Regency Campus


30/06/24 Western Australia - Perth

Location: Nth Metro TAFE Joondalup 



03/07/24 NSW Regional Newcastle

Location: TAFE NSW Hamilton Campus 


09/07/24 Victoria – Melbourne

Location: William Angliss Institute


11/07/24 Northern Territory

Location: Charles Darwin University 


16/07/24 New South Wales Metro Sydney

Location: TAFE NSW Ryde


18/07/24 Tasmania

Location: Tas TAFE Drysdale


20/07/24 South Queensland - Brisbane

Location: TAFE Queensland 


Please note that NSW Regional will consist of two heats in the following towns (Newcastle & Grafton). The NSW Regional participant who scores the highest points from the two NSW Regional heats will be invited to participate in Round 3.

Grand Final 

The successful winners from the Regional & Metro Cook-Offs, will compete at the Grand Final Cook-off, to be held in the ACF Culinary Challenge Arena at Fine Food Australia on Monday 2nd & Tuesday 3rd September 2024. The winner will be announced at an Industry Awards Dinner on 4th September.