The Toque d'Or competition is made up of 6 phases outlined below, although the competition format and challenges could change due to Covid restrictions.
Registered students and apprentices, employers and lecturers will be notified of any changes to the competition.
REGISTRATION: Phase 1
Timing: Deadline by 4th February 2022
This year, we’ve designed the competition to attract more fresh talent than ever.
To take part in the competition, you’ll need to be a student or apprentice on *Level 2 or 3. If you’re an apprentice, you also need to be registered on an apprenticeship programme with a college, university or training provider.
Lecturers can register all Back and Front of House students on level 2 and 3.
Employers can register all Back and Front of House apprentices on level 2 and 3 or apprentices on levels 2 and 3 can register themselves.
*Levels 2 and 3 or equivalent national, e.g: levels 5 and 6 in Scotland
QUALIFICATION: Phase 3
Timing: from 25th to 27th February 2022
Students and apprentices that make it through the selection process will go on to the qualification phase. Lecturers and apprentices will be emailed a link on Friday 25th February 2022 for the qualification phase. This link will be live until Sunday 27th February 2022 and all competitors will need to complete and submit the following:
- A short test with 10 multiple choice questions on sustainable diets. We will provide links to study for the assessment.
- A 30-second video of competitors telling us about their passion and motivation to work in hospitality. Plus, what it means to be taking part in Toque d’Or 2022. Competitors will need to upload their video to their Instagram account as a grid post and tagging @NestleToquedOr and including the hashtag #toquedor2022.
After this phase, 60 qualified competitors will go forward to take part in the Heats in late March: this is where the competition really starts to get serious!
The shortlisted competitors will include 15 Back of House students and 15 Back of House apprentices plus 15 Front of House students and 15 Front of House apprentices. All competitors will be notified by social media and email by 11th March 2022.
Heats: Phase 4
Timing: 28th March 2022 – 1st April 2022
Location: Nestlé Offices, Gatwick
Organisers of Toque d’Or 2022 will be in direct contact with all successful competitors by 11th March 2022 to confirm arrangements for taking part in the Heats. Competitors will be informed at this stage which day they will compete, agree uniform requirements and discuss any other relevant challenge information. Travel to Gatwick and accommodation will be organised for competitors.
The Heats will take place over 5 days at Nestlé Offices, Gatwick, home to one of the UK’s leading food manufacturer producing some of the UK’s best loved brands. All expenses will be covered by Toque d’Or.
After this phase, 12 competitors will go forward to take part in the Grand Finals.
Finalists will include 3 Back of House students and 3 Back of House apprentices, 3 Front of House students and 3 Front of House apprentices. All finalists will be notified by social media and email by 4th April 2022.
Grand Finals: Phase 5
Timing: 25th April 2022 – 29th April 2022
Location: To be confirmed
Taking part in Toque d’Or 2022 Grand Finals will be the experience of a lifetime. Meeting fellow competitors, learning new skills, taking part in educational but fun challenges, networking with industry peers and having direct feedback from the expert panel of judges are just some of the exciting highlights that finalists in Toque d’Or 2022 can look forward to.
Awards: Phase 6
Timing: Friday 20th May 2022
Location: To be confirmed
All 12 finalists plus their lecturers and employers will be invited to attend the awards ceremony that takes place in May, venue to be confirmed. The 4 Toque d’Or 2022 winners – Back of House student, Back of House apprentice, Front of House student and Front of House apprentice – will be announced at the awards.
Timing: 27th May 2022 – 2nd June 2022
Location: Worldchefs Congress & Expo, Abu Dhabi
The four winners will receive the trip of a lifetime and every foodie’s dream with the exciting opportunity to learn new skills and build on their food knowledge and insight.
We are so excited to announce the 2022 Toque d’Or winners will be attending the Worldchefs Congress & Expo 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Along with over 5,000 chefs from 110 countries Toque d’Or 2022 winners will have the opportunity to watch over 70 competitors taking part in the Global Chefs Challenge.
The winners will also enjoy a gastronomic foodie weekend in Dubai, visiting the best restaurants and bar and experiencing the latest trends in food and drink.
The trip will take place from 27th May to 2nd June 2022 – see terms and conditions for full details.
Prizes will also be awarded to individual lecturers of the winning students as well as the college. Employers of the winning apprentices will also be awarded a prize. Prizes to be announced soon.
See Toque d’Or past competition challenges, Awards and winner’s trip on our Toque d’Or YouTube channel