Nestlé Professional® Toque d'Or® FAQs

Being a part of Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or couldn’t be easier. However, we realise that from time to time you may need more information about the process or various aspects of the competition.

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Here are a few of our frequently asked questions, but if you need any further help or your question is more specific, please email [email protected] and we'll get back to you as quickly as we can.
 

Q: How do I enter as a student?
To enter as a student, your lecturer will need to complete the initial registration form and then Toque d’Or will then get in touch with both of you for further information. Each college can register up to 8 students for the competition, and they will all compete individually.

Q: How do I register as an apprentice?
A: To enter as an apprentice, you will need to complete the initial registration form and provide your employer’s contact details. Toque d’Or will then get in touch with both of you for further information. Up to 10 apprentices can register per business for the competition, and they will all compete individually.

Q: What are the different competitions I can take part in?
A: This year Toque d’Or has 4 competition strands – Apprentice Front of House, Apprentice Back of House, Student Front of House and Student Back of House. You can only register for one competition, based on the level and focus of your training.

Q: How long will my students need to be away from college?
A: All registered students will need to complete the entry submission by 17 January 2020. The shortlisted students making it through to the National Heats will spend one day competing during the first week of March. The individuals then selected for the Grand Finals will spend a total of 5 days competing in London during the last week of April. The finalists will all be invited to attend the awards ceremony in London in June.

Q: How long will my apprentice be away from work?
A: All registered apprentices will need to complete the entry submission by 17 January 2020. The shortlisted apprentices making it through to the National Heats will spend one day competing during the first week of March. The individuals then selected for the Grand Finals will spend a total of 5 days competing in London during the last week of April. The finalists will all be invited to attend the awards ceremony in London in June.

Q: Can I enter multiple students/apprentices?
A:Colleges can enter a maximum of 8 individual students. Businesses can enter a maximum of 10 individual apprentices.

Q: When will we find out if we are through to the next stage?
A:Entrants taking part in the Entry will be notified whether they have made it through at the beginning of February 2020. Those competing in the National Heats will be notified in mid March 2020 whether they have been selected to compete in the Grand Finals. 

Q: How do I get access to the digital entry form and questions?
A:The link to download the entry form will be emailed to you when your registration is confirmed. This will include the brief, ingredients list and submission form.

Q: Can I change my entry submission?
A:Once you have submitted a form and we have confirmed it is complete we will not accept amends.

Q: What do I need to do in the National Heats?
A:If you are invited to take part in the National Heats it is important to note that there is no preparation required! The challenge will be given on the day, and all equipment will be provided. 

Q: What do I need to do in the Grand Finals?
A:If you are invited to take part in the Grand Finals it is important to note that there is no preparation required! Each day will bring a new industry challenge and it will be announced on the day. Everything needed in order for you to take part will be provided.