Toque d’Or through the years
Having celebrated 31 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 towards hospitality excellence that makes Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or® so unique.
The history of Toque d'Or
The Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or® college competition began in 1989. In 2017 we opened the competition to apprentices, as they too are participating in a first-class structured programme. Toque d’Or is a highly prestigious catering competition and it’s unique for focusing on both BOH and FOH, students and apprentices. The competition has evolved significantly since its inauguration in line with the changing needs of the UK foodservice industry and education.
Toque d’Or® presents the opportunity for competitors to follow in the footsteps of some of the finest talent in the profession including Jamie Oliver, James Martin and Anton Mosimann, all of whom were previous participants. James and Anton remain big supporters of the competition together with other celebrity chefs such as Brian Turner, Paul Gayler, and James Tanner.
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, 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.
Find out more about the Toque d’Or Journey and discover more about this exciting experience from Toque d’Or competitors themselves.
Roll of honour
Our roll of honour shows the select few colleges and apprentices that have won the prestigious Toque d'Or award since it began.
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
2019 Drew Dawson, The Ned
2018 Mateusz Hnatowski, Restaurant Associates
2017 Charlie Stockwell, Galvin la Chapelle
2016 Luka Seddon, CH&Co
Registration for colleges and apprentices is now open for the Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or 2020. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience the exciting world of hospitality and learn the ropes of the industry. Sign up for a chance to take part in our prestigious competition. Be quick - registration closes on 22nd November 2019!