The stoves will be hot and the pressure on when young Queensland chefs step up this Saturday 2 June, cooking off for the chance to kickstart their culinary careers at South Bank’s TAFE Queensland to score a finalist team position in the 2018 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award. There will be 14 teams of two from Queensland metro, with each team creating a two course menu, designed to impress the judging panel, with the chance to win medals scored against the strict judging criteria to globally recognised standards.

Nestlé Professional Executive Chef Mark Clayton says he is looking for honest hard work and a young chef who has the ability to stay calm in high pressure situations in the kitchen. “I’m looking for flair, creativity, good clean working and most of all great tasting food,” Mark said. “The key ingredient for these young chefs will be to stay focused as they go all out to deliver their best dishes on the day.”

As one of Australia’s longest running culinary competitions for young chefs, the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award has been running for 53 years, offering the next generation of young chefs the opportunity to advance and further refine their culinary abilities and future careers by honing their skills and connecting with industry professionals. Queensland young chefs will have the chance to showcase their culinary skills across entree, main and dessert course categories.

The winning team will compete in the regional or metro cook-offs, before going on to compete at the national final in the public arena at Fine Food Australia in Melbourne this September, with one team being crowned the 2018 national chef champions and awarded a culinary trip of a lifetime to Italy.

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