Who can enter

Apprentice and junior chefs, who are:

  • Australian or New Zealand residents
  • Aged from 16 and under 25 years on 31st December 2022
  • Currently or recently employed (last 12 months) in the culinary industry (chef, cook, apprentice) or studying a course relevant to the culinary industry full time


Key Dates

14th March: Online Entry Opens

6th May: Online Entry Closes

13th May: Round 1 Qualifiers are announced

May-July: Round 2 Regional and metro cook offs

30th July: Regional & Metro cook off winners published on website

3rd-8th September: Round 3 Grand Final cook offs

7th September: Industry Awards Night




How to enter

The 2022 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award is now officially open and entering couldn’t be easier.



Complete and submit the REGISTRATION FORM (takes 5 mins). You’ll then be directed to a page that will confirm your successful registration.




So long as you’ve completed the registration form and meet the entry requirements, you’ll get to cook-off against other chefs at the regional heats (between May – July) and will be notified by 13th May of your assigned regional or metro cook-off.



The top 12 winning chefs from Round 2 across Australia and New Zealand will then go on to compete in Round 3: The Grand Final Cook-off, which will be held in the ACF Culinary Challenge Arena at Foodservice Australia at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre on 5th & 6th of September 2022.

The finalists will be judged by a panel of Australian Culinary Federation & NZChefs accredited judges.

The Nestlé Golden Chef of the Year & other category winners will be announced at an Industry Awards night on 7th September 2022.

Finalists need to be available from 3rd – 8th September inclusive. Reasonable travel costs including accommodation will be provided. Note: Date/location is subject to change.


At the grand finals, one chef will take out the Nestlé Golden Chef of the Year title and be awarded an AUD$10,000 cash prize to support their culinary advancement.