The Néstle Golden Chef’s Hat Award has revealed the Top 10 Grand Finalists for its inaugural virtual culinary competition. The award is celebrating 55 years in 2020 and exists to offer the next generation of young chef talent a platform to accelerate their culinary careers.
Brisbane Club chef Eve Sheraton, a past finalist, is back in the mix again for 2020. Representing Queensland Metro, Eve created an impressive dessert dish showcasing her technical skills to score her spot in the 2020 Top Ten.
Transforming from a regional cook-off in culinary kitchens across Australia to online video entries due to the worldwide pandemic causing the national and strict lockdowns this year altered the competition. The contest also differed as it included New Zealanders into the competition for the first time to support more chefs during the uncertain circumstances, creating a new format as it represented the talent across Australia and New Zealand. Combining the enthusiastic chefs of both countries resulted in many new and young professionals putting in their best of efforts to showcase their finest dish for the judges to review.
Executive Chef and Néstle Professional head judge Mark Clayton says, “We’re really impressed by each and every chef for having the courage to give it a go with their video submission, presenting themselves and their food to a high standard. We promised to standby our young chef community, and our judges have been truly impressed by the level of creativity demonstrated and commitment from the chefs this year. It has been outstanding,” he said.
The 2020 Chef of the Year will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize to further their culinary career. See Eve Sheraton’s dish that scored her a spot in the finals here.
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