Toque d’Or 2019 National Heats Shortlist

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Two student chefs enjoy the buzz of Toque d'Or competition

After 2 days of judging, we are please to confirm the shortlists for 2019. 

Following registration for Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or 2019, we tasked teams and apprentices to come up with a recipe for a vegetarian dish based on Nutrition, Health, Wellness and Sustainability. They had to submit this for judging along with a short video presenting their dish and explaining why they wanted to be a part of the competition. You can see some of the entry videos on our Toque d'Or YouTube channel.

The judging panel gathered on 17th January to work their way through the entries and score teams on their creativity, culinary skills and understanding of the brief. This year’s judges were Mick Burke – Fellow of the Master Chefs of Great Britain, Charlie Miers - CEO at Footprint Media Group, Robert Smith – Founder & Creative Director at Shuttersmith, Andrej Prokes - Chef Consultant at Nestlé Professional and Beth Hooper - Nutrition Manager at Nestlé. The enthusiasm and passion teams put in to creating their dishes was evident throughout all the submissions, and the judges were thoroughly impressed.

Congratulations to the teams and apprentices who have been shortlisted to take part in the National Heats, each group competing for one of six places in the Grand Finals:



Ayrshire College, Kilmarnock Campus

Broadstairs College

City of Glasgow College

Coleg Llandrillo

Coventry College

Crawley College

Farnborough College of Technology teams 1&2

Fife College

Middlesbrough College teams 1&2

Newcastle College team 2

North Hertfordshire College team 1

Nottingham College

Sheffield Hallam University team 1

South West College

Southern Regional College

University College Birmingham

University of Derby teams 1&2

Vision West Notts

West London College

Westminster Kingsway College

York College



Adam Parsons, Holiday Inn Lincoln

Ben Cope, abm catering

Ben Simmonds-Grant, Emily Jackson House

Brad Finbow, The Kings Arms

Callum Davidson, The Gun Pub

Callum Jones, Google

Charlie Green, The Windmill Inn Redmile

Charlie Mariner, Goodwood Racecourse

Chester Duncan-Goodwin, The Lincoln Hotel

Chloe Welbourne, The Green Man, Ropsley

Connor Rigby, The Scafell Hotel

Cristiano Crassus, Thornbury Castle

Darragh Ryan, Fuller's

David Bates, Google

David Stephenson, The Bedford Swan

Dmitri Zihharko, Connect Catering

Drew Dawson, The Ned London

Emily Page, The Cross Keys Stow

Gemma Parsonage, The Red Lion

Grzegorz Banbula, The Regent Balham

Hannah Dunne, The Swan at Lamport

Hannah Salisbury, The Carlyon Bay Hotel

Hayley Markham, Riverford at The Duke of Cambridge

Jack Baldwin, The Bruce Arms

James Rolleston, The Tickled Pig

James Taylor, The George and Dragon

Jessica Michell, Southampton Harbour Hotel & Spa

Joseph Went, Hotel Du Vin Harrogate

Joshua Mannino, The Arundell Arms Hotel

Julia Jewers, Lady Eleanor Holles

Kathleen Davie, Upper Shirley High School

Leonardo Hernandez, Christchurch Harbour Hotel & Spa

Lewis McGarr, Fuller's

Liam Clements, Bhurtpore Barracks

Lily Stock, Boodle's

Lisa Allsop, Caterlink

Maria Guerreiro, Beaumanor Hall

Megan Baldock, Goldman Sachs

Oscar Sammons, The Belmont Hotel

Owen Lord, Pilgrim Hotel & Restaurant

Patrycja Gora, Bhurtpore Barracks

Russell Horn, Lancing College

Ryan MCallister, Duke Of Kent

Sherif Odusanwo, Fuller's

Stefan Murdoch, CH&CO

Susan Downie, Barchester Healthcare

Tom Armstrong, The Old Mill Inn 

Umair Iqbal, Thornbury Castle


The National Heats will take place across the UK from 4th – 12th March 2019 with teams being given a masterclass for a three course lunch service, which they will have to replicate for guest diners.

We will announce the six finalist teams on Wednesday 13th March 2019.

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