Having celebrated 30 years, Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or is delighted to continue being recognised as an influential training and development initiative. Throughout the years, Toque d’Or has used real life challenges to showcase the breadth of career opportunities the hospitality industry has to offer and inspire the next generation of talent. It is this passion and commitment towards hospitality excellence that makes Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or so unique.
Upon entering Toque d’Or competitors are exposed to challenges that aim to educate and test in a number of areas. From presentation skills to nutritional knowledge, menu creation to food trends and insight, these challenges will give them valuable hands on experience at every stage of the competition. On top of all this, those taking part in Toque d’Or will also have the opportunity to work with and learn from a number of leading industry chefs and businesses.
5 November – 30 November 2018
Apprentices can be registered by their employers or register themselves. There is no limit to the number of apprentices an employer can register to take part. If registering themselves, apprentices must have their employer’s consent, which will be requested via email.
To register yourself or an apprentice simply complete the initial registration form. Toque d’Or will then get in touch by email for full contact details. We will be communicating all of the need to know information for the competition via email. Please make sure you tick the box on the registration form that confirms you are happy to receive these communications.
Once you have registered for Toque d’Or 2019, your first task awaits!
Apprentices will be given a creative brief including a list of ingredients from which they need to create a vegetarian dish. As well as fresh and larder ingredients, this list will include the CHEF® Signature range which you can use in the recipe as well. If you wish to use one of the CHEF® products you will need to state at the time of registration which one and this will be sent out to you within a week. More information on the products can be found here.
This task must be submitted within the timeframe provided by Toque d’Or and apprentices can start working on their entry as soon as registration has been confirmed. Submissions will be made online allowing apprentices to send in supporting documentation and videos via YouTube.
4 - 12 March 2019
Each of the 60 apprentices making it through to this stage will be at one of the National Heats, set in four locations across the UK. Apprentices will be invited to take part in the closest available heat to them and all expenses for the apprentice will be covered by Nestlé Professional.
Every heat will run to exactly the same schedule, ensuring all apprentices are met with a level playing field when competing. On the day, apprentices will be required to produce four covers of their digital entry recipe within a specified time frame. Judged against a national standard, the 6 highest scoring apprentices will go on to compete in the Grand Finals.
The Grand Finals
30 April - 4 May 2019
Experience the hospitality industry in a series of exciting challenges! Held over five days in London, this stage of Toque d’Or will bring college and apprentice finalists together to compete for the prize. Finalists will need to bring their A game, as challenge will not be revealed until the day, so come prepared to tested whilst learning from some of the very best in industry! Visit our YouTube channel to see the challenges from previous years.
7 June 2019
Held at a prestigious London venue this is an event not to be missed! With over 300 people from across the hospitality industry in attendance all eyes will be on the finalists as they wait to find out who will be announced the winners of Toque d’Or 2019.
Winning the prestigious Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or and being one of a select number of apprentices to have achieved this distinction is an accolade in itself.
We are delighted to be offering a fantastic experiential prize in 2019. The winners of both the college and apprentice competitions will be taken on an all-expenses-paid gastronomic 5 day trip to Europe! Keep an eye out for more details coming soon!
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