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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Apprentice taking part in Nestlé Professional's Toque d'Or competition

Registration for Toque d'Or 2018 is open!


If you’re an apprentice at a Commis Chef level, or employ apprentices, here’s a chance to enter a free catering competition to broaden culinary horizons.

From masterclasses with industry experts, to demonstrating marketing and technical skills, and gaining new qualifications – the Nestlé Professional® Toque d’Or® 2018 competition is set to challenge apprentices like never before!


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What is Toque d'Or?

Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or is delighted to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2018. Since it began Toque d’Or has gained recognition from the industry and education alike, evolving from a pioneering cookery contest into one of the UK’s most influential training and development initiatives.

Our desire for Toque d’Or has long been to inform, challenge and test competitors through real life challenges which showcase the breadth of career opportunities the hospitality industry has to offer. Linking education with industry results in participants being renowned for having demonstrated true passion and commitment to their craft and future career.


Toque d’Or for apprentices

2018 sees the 30th Anniversary of Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or and the second year of our new Apprentice competition, in which Craft Apprentices at a Commis Chef level are invited to take part! Entering Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or will open an apprentice's eyes to new opportunities whilst being tested as they are provided with new experiences and challenges that will enhance their learning and career. The competition is designed to encourage chefs to give their best, learn from peers and industry experts including the likes of Head Judge Simon Hulstone, and take learnings back to their businesses.

At absolutely no cost to the apprentice or their business, Toque d’Or provides ample opportunities for competitors to interact with top chefs, experts and partners from different avenues within the industry. We hope they draw inspiration from them, take the opportunity to learn from their peers and take back new skills to businesses.

By entering Toque d’Or, apprentices will not only gain valuable skills and insight but will also be in with a chance of winning fantastic prizes, including equipment vouchers, mentorship and a money can’t buy stage!


How much does it cost to enter Toque d’Or?

Nothing! Everything is funded by Nestlé Professional from entry right through to the end of the competition.


I am an apprentice, how do I enter?

Speak to your employer or training provider as they will need to register you to take part. The entry form can be found here.


Is there an age restriction for participants?

Apprentices of any age can be registered, as long as they are currently training at Commis Chef level.

Discover more information about the Toque d'Or Apprentice competition.

Further FAQs can be found here.




Register your Commis Chef Apprentices before 15 December 2017. There is no limit to the number of apprentices an employer can enter.

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