2020 has been a landmark year for Toque d’Or, with the competition having to change format due to the challenges of COVID-19. 

We hosted our face-to-face Heats in early Spring as usual. Following the government guidelines and the announcement of lockdown, the competition Finals required a change to allow Front and Back of House competitors to take part in a series of challenges in a safe virtual environment. The Awards ceremony during which we announced the winners was also showcased virtually, as we could not gather in person to celebrate in September. 

We are now planning next year’s competition and soon we will share the details. In the meantime, you can register your interest here



To keep to schedule, with the Heats held in February/March, we are working on a plan for these to take place virtually. The style of the Finals and Awards will be subject to government guidance on health and safety. Rest assured that whatever the outcome, we will do our best to continue supporting students and apprentices through exciting and educational challenges during Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or 2021.

So much more than just a competition


Join us for the adventure of a lifetime and experience the hospitality industry like it really is - challenging but extremely rewarding. If you are a student or an apprentice looking to learn from the very best and in for a unique experience, this is your chance to impress!

Toque d’Or is the Nestlé Professional competition providing real life challenges that inform, test and push both students and apprentices in the most exciting ways.

Toque d’Or is not just a hospitality  competition.

It’s a unique experience aiming to inspire the next generation of chefs and foodservice enthusiasts.

It’s an exciting challenge helping competitors gain both front and back-of-house experience while developing their skills and knowledge.

It’s an opportunity for students and apprentices to bridge the gap between the classroom and the exciting reality of industry.

It’s free to enter. Just ask your lecturer to register you and your colleagues for the Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or competition or register yourself if you are an apprentice.


2020 Highlights


Sustainable Futures

From protecting the foodservice industry as a whole by safeguarding long-term careers for the next generation to delivering health and wellbeing by focusing on sustainable eating, menu planning and operations, sustainability is having a significant impact on the UK industry.

Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or is ready to make a difference. Our Sustainable Futures campaign aims to highlight the valuable role sustainability plays across the foodservice sector while focusing on talent and skills development. Join us on this exciting journey!