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Grafton to host Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award regional cook-off

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Young chefs hailing from Northern News South Wales to compete in career-making national competition.

Australia’s longest-running culinary competition for emerging chefs is coming to Grafton.

Northern NSW budding young chefs, aged 16-24, will battle it out at the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Awards regional heat on Wednesday May 29, at TAFE NSW Grafton.

The cook-offs will take place in locations across Australia and New Zealand between May and July, with the NSW Regional competition consisting of two heats in Newcastle and Grafton.

Chefs Hat competitors
An entrant in a previous Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat event. Photo: contributed

Assessed to globally recognised standards, each chef will have two and a half hours to prepare and present two plates of a main course and a dessert to the panel of judges.

The participant who scores the highest points from the NSW Regional heats will progress to the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award Grand Final at Melbourne’s Fine Food Expo – the largest food service expo in the Southern Hemisphere – in September.

The 12 regional finalists from around Australia and New Zealand will go head-to-head over two heats in front of a live audience to determine one national winner. The 2024 Nestlé Golden Chef of the Year will be announced at an exclusive industry awards ceremony and receive an international culinary experience valued at $10,000!

Careers will be made in Grafton

With the support of Nestlé Professional, the Australian Culinary Federation and NZChefs, the Golden Chef’s Hat Award has provided a springboard for more than 8,000 chefs to advance their careers.

Nestlé Executive Chef and Golden Chef judge, Elke Travers said: “Since 1965, Nestlé Professional has supported the future of the food service industry through the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award and celebrated local aspiring chefs.

“From Coffs Harbour to Yamba, this year’s Grafton cook-off participants will showcase the local region’s exceptional culinary talent, while gaining industry recognition and opening doors to career-making opportunities.” Chef Elke said.

For more information on the Grafton regional cook-off, please visit

This article appeared in the Clarence Valley Independent, 22 May 2024.


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