At Nestlé Professional we believe professional culinary challenges are a vital part of any apprentice’s training. Through this competition we aim to help apprentices gain confidence in their culinary skills whilst enhancing personal development. We recognise that to be successful in today’s competitive world, a chef needs to be more than just a cook. Therefore, besides creative cooking and serving, Toque d’Or will also challenge apprentices to plan and communicate effectively and demonstrate business acumen to market their offerings
Open to apprentices at commis level, Toque d’Or is designed to provide ample opportunities for entrants to interact and network with judges, experts and industry partners as well as explore different avenues within the hospitality industry.
“Competitions such as Toque d’Or are important as it’s always good to be able to pitch yourself against people of an equal standing to see how your career is progressing and to see where you are with your industry… It’s a competition that employers want to win for their establishment as they want the best for their apprentices.”
Simon Hulstone, The Elephant Restaurant and Brasserie & Apprentice Competition Chair of Judges
25 September – 29 December 2017
Registering your apprentice couldn’t be easier! Employers should email [email protected] with the below information.
- Full name
- Email address
- Mobile number
- Social media handles (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram if available)
- Full business address to receive mystery box for digital entry
- Full name
- Job title
- Business name
- Email address
- Mobile number
This couldn’t be simpler! Following registration each entrant will be sent a mystery box of ingredients. From this, the apprentice should create a main course dish that demonstrates Nutrition, Health and Wellness.
They will then need to create a 90 second video presenting the finished plate. In the video, the apprentice must demonstrate with passion the reasons behind their inspiration, dish and ingredients. The video must be made available via public sharing platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo & Facebook.
This will become their signature dish throughout the competition which they will be asked to re-create for the judges in the National Heats, so pick the right level of ambition!
The apprentice will need to submit their recipe, video and a costing sheet by email no later than 31 January 2018.
February - March 2018
During the National Heats, apprentices will be asked to recreate their signature dish for 4 covers. Our judging team, led by Michelin Starred Chef Simon Hulstone, will then select just six apprentices to proceed to the Grand Finals.
Apprentices will have 1 hour to prepare and serve the 4 covers of their dish. An additional 30 minutes will be allocated for station set-up.
Judging will be based on the following criteria:
- Planning and organisational skills
- Complexity of the dish
- Culinary skills displayed
- Portion size, seasoning, flavour, texture and appearance
- Health, safety and hygiene
The Grand Finals
Set over two and a half days, the six finalists will now compete in a series of challenges that test a range of skills and abilities. Both the pilot in 2016 and the inaugural competition in 2017 were met with unanimous praise from the competitors and partners.
This is the opportunity to experience life in a professional environment – interact, work with and learn from masters in the field. Make an impact at this final stage of the competition!
The winner of the Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or Apprentice Competition will be announced alongside the winner of the college competition at the glittering Awards ceremony at The Dorchester in May. This event will be witnessed by over 300 industry guests. Each participating company will be invited to attend the event along with our industry partners who help to support us throughout the Toque d’Or journey.
Toque d’Or is about learning experience and this doesn’t stop at the challenges. We aim to provide winners with the opportunity to further their culinary experience and gain new skills working with renowned chefs. Those competing in the Grand Finals will also receive commemorative uniforms.The winner’s prize includes:
- A week’s stage at a high end restaurant
- Dinner for the apprentice and a guest at the same restaurant
- £300 voucher to spend on equipment at Russums
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