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Nestlé Professional’s Toque d’Or® – the hospitality industry’s most prestigious competition

Welcome to Nestlé Professional’s Toque d’Or®. Launched in 1989, the Toque d’or hospitality competition was born out of a passion for excellence, to inspire the next generation and to provide opportunities to further their knowledge in the hospitality industry.

This prestigious hospitality industry competition aims to educate and test college students and apprentices in both practical, service-based and business-focused tasks. With a focus on providing up-to-the-minute industry expertise and experience, entrants learn key skills in areas such as social media promotion, business management and sustainable food and drink. Not only do these challenges provide valuable hands-on experience but they offer the opportunity to work with and learn from leading industry experts and businesses judging the tasks.

Toque d’Or® hospitality competition: exciting news for 2022!

Last year, we made several changes, adapting the competition to meet the needs of the pandemic. To keep the competition safe while retaining its trademark sense of community, we developed an innovative hybrid model. The Toque d’or competition became a virtual event for the first time ever. Competitors were able to learn and carry out challenges virtually from their own homes. And finalists were given the chance to come to HQ to meet and present to the judging panel – all while adhering to strict COVID guidelines. To help competitors thrive in the ‘new normality’ of the hospitality industry, we adapted the skills on offer too providing masterclasses and learning in key areas like social media promotion and setting up a business from home.

As the industry has evolved, so have we. New for 2022… we’ve got some really exciting updates planned:

  • We’re changing our timeline - Heats will now take place in March, the Grand Finals in April and the awards in May!
  • Along the same lines as last year, we’ll be retaining a strong digital element to the competition delivery, allowing more competitors to benefit from the content shared.
  • We’ll have a few new faces joining our judging panel – watch this space!

The theme of Sustainable Futures remains at the centre of each challenge and will cover elements such as nutrition, health, food waste and seasonality, all while testing the contestants in new areas, techniques and working environments. Check out the Toque d’Or cookbook featuring sustainable recipes from UK’s up and coming talent.


Why enter our hospitality industry competition?

Toque d’Or® is so much more than a competition, it's...

  • a unique experience aiming to inspire the next generation of chefs and foodservice enthusiasts
  • an exciting challenge helping entrants gain both front and back-of-house experience while developing their skills and knowledge
  • an opportunity for students and apprentices to bridge the gap between the classroom and the exciting reality of industry
  • entirely free to enter

Find out how to enter the Toque d’Or hospitality 2022 competition, including key deadlines and locations.



The history of Toque d'Or

Now in its 34th year, Nestlé Professional’s Toque d’Or® continues to be recognised as an influential training and development initiative and is unique in its focus on both Back and Front of House staff.

Since its inauguration, the competition has evolved significantly in line with the changing needs of the UK foodservice and education industry

The Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or® college competition began in 1989 and was focused on students at colleges.

In 2017 we opened up the competition to apprentices, as they too are participating in a first-class structured programme.

In 2020, in response to the pandemic, and to ensure that Nestlé Professional can continue to inspire and support the next generation of hospitality professionals, the competition finals and awards were held virtually. Finalists competed in a series of relevant and timely digital challenges, via Zoom working both individually and in pairs to create a mix of pre-recorded and live sessions from their homes.

Roll of honour

Our roll of honour shows the select few students, colleges and apprentices that have won the prestigious Toque d'Or award since it began.

Students and Colleges

2021 FOH Sophie Taylor, Edinburgh College

2021 BOH Sarah Morton, New City College London

2020 FOH Alex Dick, City of Glasgow College

2020 BOH Katherine Altham, Kendal College

2019 University College Birmingham

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


2021 FOH Georgia Wheatley, University College Birmingham

2021 BOH Kenny Markham, Burnt Lemon/HIT Training

2020 FOH Chelsie Robinson, The Cross Keys Stow

2020 BOH Lily Stock, Boodles

2019 Drew Dawson, The Ned

2018 Mateusz Hnatowski, Restaurant

2017 Charlie Stockwell, Galvin la Chapelle

2016 Luka Seddon, CH&Co