Competitions give you a chance to showcase your skills as a chef, promote your restaurant & compete with fellow professionals. It is an essential part of the development of young chefs, it enables them to perform in an environment that puts them against their peers, which is a great challenge.

Australian Culinary Challenge




The 2019 Australian Culinary Challenge will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of Fine Food Australia 2019 from September 9-12 inclusive. Chefs, trainees and apprentices will have the opportunity to pit their skills against each other and against the clock, competing for a share of the cash and prizes.

Chefs of the highest caliber and skill level are invited to showcase their talents in front of the Fine Food audience and will be judged by a panel of international, interstate and local judges.
This year the extensive competition program will include the ACF Most Outstanding Chef 2019, Yum Cha Challenge,  Nestle Golden Chefs Hat Award.

All competitors for all competitions are required to register for the show at the Fine foods website to enable your entry to the show & the competition arena. Registration is free online till 5th September. If you do not register you will have to pay to enter the show & may be delayed getting in due to long lines & miss your competition start time

The Following are word documents and will download to your computer to fill in
*To be submitted with payment form
*To be submitted with payment form

The NAC is a culmination of many apprentice competitions being held throughout the year in each state and territory and includes training chefs in each year of apprenticeship and a culinary students section. The best apprentice from each apprentice year and culinary student section from each state and territory are brought together to compete and decide the overall winners. The numbers of competitors, training schools, culinary educators that the NAC touches is staggering with in excess of 4,000 culinary students and teachers, each with links to industry resulting in exposure to over 10,000 chefs throughout Australia. State selection will commence from June contact your Chapter Chairman of Judges for details of the competition in your State. The 2019 Final will be held 8-10 October in Canberra

National Apprentice Competition

Secondary Schools Culinary Competitions

In 2019 the ACF will be running Secondary School Culinary Competitions in SA, ACT, QLD, TAS, NSW & Victoria. This competition is designed to establish and develop links between school and industry in an effort to encourage more students to enter the commercial cookery industry. 
The QLD Junior Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge Competition is for year 10 students studying Home Economics or Hospitality at high school. 
The Senior Secondary Schools Culinary Competition is for year 11 and 12 students studying Home Economics or Hospitality at high school. The Winners of these competitions will be attending the National Secondary Schools Final in October in Canberra


Is dedicated to helping junior and apprentice chefs develop their cooking skills and broaden their culinary horizons. It’s the longest-running culinary competition in Australia that offers young chefs the chance to really find out where they are as a chef, by pitting themselves against their peers and benchmarking their cooking skills. Taking part in the Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF’S HAT AWARD provides young chefs with the added opportunity of being mentored by culinary instructors and given access to a national network of professional chefs. This year, the national winning team will be headed to Vietnam for a once in a lifetime Culinary Journey, including work experience with a multi award-winning chef at a world-renowned establishment. The competition is open to apprentice and junior chefs, who are residents of Australia and under 25 years of age on 30th September 2019.


This is Australia’s only Continental event as recognised by the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS). It is held biannually in Perth WA & facilitated by WA ACF Chapter.
The aim of the competition is to assess the culinary skills and abilities of Chefs, Cooks, Pastry Chefs, Apprentices, Armed Forces Personnel, Industrial Caterers, Training Providers and Home Cake Decorators. 

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