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
College teams must be registered by their lecturers and a maximum of two teams can be registered to represent a college. Each team must be made up of three students on a level 2 or above recognised full time course. To register a college team 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.
View the student competition terms and conditions.
14 - 15 January 2019
Once you have registered for Toque d’Or 2019, your first task awaits!
College teams 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.
For the Entry, you will need to produce a 2 minute video presenting your dish and explaining why you want to be a part of the competition. Submissions will be open from 09:00 on 14th January to 12:00 on 15th January 2019. Following judging, 24 college teams will be shortlisted to go through to the National Heats.
This task must be completed as a team and submitted within the timeframe provided by Toque d’Or and teams can start working on their entry as soon as registration has been confirmed.
Submissions will be made online allowing teams to send in supporting documentation and videos via YouTube. Submissions will be made online allowing teams to send in supporting documentation and videos via YouTube.
4 - 12 March 2019
Each of the 24 teams making it through to this stage will be at one of the National Heats, set in four locations across the UK. Teams will be invited to take part in the heat closest to them and all expenses will be covered by Nestlé Professional.
Every heat will run to exactly the same schedule, ensuring all teams are met with a level playing field when competing. On the day, teams will attend a masterclass from both front and back of house industry experts at which they will be shown a three course meal, wine and service. The challenge will then be to replicate what they have observed, each team producing ten covers as part of a lunch service to guests of Nestlé Professional. Judged against a national standard, the 6 highest scoring teams 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.
Role of Honour
- 2018 City of Glasgow College
- 2017 University College Birmingham
- 2016 University College Birmingham
- 2015 Westminster Kingsway College
- 2014 City of Glasgow College
- 2013 South West College
- 2012 Westminster Kingsway College
- 2011 University College Birmingham
- 2010 University College Birmingham
- 2009 North Devon College
- 2008 Carlisle College
- 2007 Blackpool & The Fylde College
- 2006 South Trafford College
- 2005 Westminster Kingsway College
- 2004 Carlisle College
- 2003 Sheffield College
- 2002 Neath Port Talbot College
- 2001 Neath Port Talbot College
- 2000 Glenrothes College
- 1999 Southampton City College
- 1998 Glenrothes College
- 1997 Bournemouth & Poole College
- 1996 John Wheatley College
- 1995 Thanet College
- 1994 Motherwell College
- 1993 Colchester College
- 1992 Thanet College
- 1991 Brunel College of Technology
- 1990 Motherwell College
- 1989 Brighton College of Technology
Winning the prestigious Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or and being one of a select number of colleges 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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