Nestlé Professional® Toque d'Or® Apprentice Terms and Conditions


So much more than just a competition. Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or provides real life challenges that inform, test and push both students and apprentices in the most exciting ways. By linking education with industry, Toque d’Or presents a series of unique experiences which bridge the gap between the classroom and exciting reality of industry.

These terms were updated on 4 December 2018 for the 2019 competition. 

A group of apprentice chefs listening to a Toque d'Or chef in a kitchen
  1. Competition open to UK & ROI only. Contestants will be a craft apprentice at Commis Chef Level, participating in a full time recognised Apprenticeship, in employment and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions.
  2. Registration opens online at 00:01 on 5 November 2018 and closes at 23:59 on 14 December 2018. 
  3. There is no limit to the number of apprentices any one employer can enter.
  4. In order to enter, applicants will be required to create and submit a finished dish that derives inspiration from a given theme. The theme will be decided by Nestlé Professional of which all detail and criteria will be communicated as part of the registration process.
  • Applicants will be provided with a list of ingredients, including the CHEF® Signature Range, with which to create their dish. Only one CHEF® product should be used per dish, however there will be no penalty for not including these products.
  • Should an applicant opt to include a CHEF® product in their dish, they state this at their time of registration and confirm which product from the range they plan to use.
  • The chosen product from CHEF® Signature Range will be dispatched to the applicant’s place of business within seven (7) working days from receipt of a completed valid registration
  1. Entrants will be required to submit a link to a video showcasing their dish and the inspiration behind it. Videos should be live and publicly available through any widely used video sharing platform. Videos should be no longer than 90 seconds.
  2. All entries submitted must be the entrants own original work and not previously published in any media. They must not infringe the copyright or other intellectual property rights of any third party. Any entry found to be copied, or the work of another chef, will be disqualified.
  3. Entries that are incomplete will not be accepted. 
  4. Entries must be received digitally between 09:00 on 14 January 2019 and 12:00 (midday) on 15 January 2019.
  5. By taking part in the competition, participants acknowledge that they may be required to take part in all and ongoing relevant publicity associated with Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or without further consent or payment. Such publicity may include, without limitation, the participants name and/or image, statements made by the participants concerning the competition and/or prizes obtained as part of the competition.
  6. By providing an entry, each participant grants the Promoter and its agents the right to publish, use, reproduce, distribute, make available, edit and/or modify the entry including recipes, in any way, in whole or in part, in commerce and in any and all media worldwide now known or hereinafter developed, in perpetuity and without consideration or notice to the participant. Providing any entry further constitutes the participant’s transfer to the Promoter of any and all rights, title, and interest in and to the entry and the entrant’s likeness, including, without limitation, all intellectual property rights.
  7. The competition heats will be held nationally from 4 – 12 March 2019 and the 60 successful apprentices will be invited to attend the heat in their region. 
  8. The Grand Finals will consist of a residential programme in London from 30 April – 4 May 2019 for six finalists. These will be the highest scoring apprentices from the National Heats.
  9. All finalists and a representative from their business will be invited to attend the Awards event in London in June 2019.
  10. The Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or organisers reserve the right to make changes without prior notice and will inform all relevant parties.
  11. Accommodation requirements for the Grand Finals will be organised and paid for by Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or office. Any further and additional expenses must be agreed by Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or in writing prior to the expenditure. Authentic receipts must support all claims. The Promoter reserves the right to reject any claims for expenses that have not been agreed, and/or are not in line with this clause.
  12. Any expenses incurred beyond the agreed levels will be the responsibility of the apprentice and/or their business.
  13. Entrants must be available to attend a National Heat and the Grand Finals on the dates and at the venues as specified by the Promoter. The Promoter reserves the right to amend the dates and venue in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
  14. The names and businesses of the finalists and the overall winner will be available for a minimum of three months from 07/06/2019 to those sending an email titled ‘Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or 2019 Apprentice Winners’ List’ to [email protected]

Promoter: Nestlé Professional, Nestlé UK Ltd, 1 City Place, Gatwick RH6 0PA