There are $20k in prizes to be won this year!

Regional and Metro Cook offs


We'll select 1 winner per region to proceed to the grand final cook-offs, they'll also win a kitchen equipment prize courtesy of SOLIDTEKNICS (12 to be won).

We will provide the ingredients for the regional cook-offs. Entrants qualifying for the Grand Final will be provided with air fares, transfers, accommodation & F&B for the event. They will also be provided with all ingredients & uniform for the competition.

While winning the prestigious Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award competition is the ultimate accolade, we believe that putting yourself up to the test and pushing yourself to be a better chef is a valuable experience in itself.

Grand Finals


Nestlé Golden Chef of the Year Award

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

Most Creative Use of a Nestlé Product Award

The winner will receive SOLIDTEKNICS kitchen equipment packages valued at $1,000AUD.

Most Sustainable Approach Award

The chef that demonstrates the Most Sustainable Approach towards their menu in their entrée, main, or dessert course presentations (as per judging criteria) will be deemed the Most Sustainable Approach award winner and will receive a SOLIDTEKNICS kitchen equipment package (up to the value of $1,000 AUD).

It will be important to demonstrate to the judges what sustainable practices you incorporate into your finals menu. This might include sourcing local and native produce from artisan suppliers, head-to-tail practice to eliminate as much waste as possible, using home-grown ingredients - along with any other methods you can showcase in your dishes. 

You will be required to tell the story behind your ingredient selections in each course to the judges in your 5-minute presentation window, so be ready to impress!

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.

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.