Developing the Next Generation of Chefs since 1965


The Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award exists to support emerging culinary talent by offering the next generation of chefs a platform to experience new experiences and advance their culinary careers.

2021 Entry is Open!


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Enter online by submitting a 3 minute video. We'll select the best chefs who will compete in a live cook-off and share in a culinary jounrey that will take your chef career to the next level. You will get to cook off against other chefs at the regional and grand finals, with prizes to be won at every stage! Twelve regional finalists from AU and NZ will be flown to Sydney to compete in the ultimate culinary showdown, with one winner taking out 2021 Golden Chef of the Year and a $10k AUD cash prize.



At a Glance


Year Legacy

since inception

Regional Finals
across ANZ

Grand finalist


Cash Prize
home video

Check out last year’s virtual comp

2020 was a year like no other and the time that young chefs needed our support more than ever. In the face of hospitality lockdowns, the competition finals and awards were held virtually, giving young chefs the chance to still showcase who they are, what drives them to be a chef as well as share their impressive talent with us all. One of the key things we’ve learnt over the past year is the importance of community and we’re excited to be back to in-person cook-offs for 2021.

Never has it been more important to come together to celebrate our industry, inspire the next generation and provide key skills for them to succeed in their careers.

Comp info   Prizes

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