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.

Culinary Challenge 2020

Culinary Challenge 2020 will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of Fine Food Australia from September 7-10 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 registered ACF Judges.
This year the extensive competition program will include the National Apprentice Competition ACF Most Outstanding Chef, Yum Cha Challenge, Les Torques Blanches Award for Excellence & Nestle Golden Chefs Hat Award.

Included in the competition arena will be a demonstration stage hosted by Peter Howard AM, the Chef lounge has prime viewing position for all areas & we welcome chefs & sponsors to pop in for bite, a beverage & a chat.

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. 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 documents and will download to your computer to fill in, the entry form just click on boxes to select classes
*To be submitted with Entry Form
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National Apprentice Competition


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 for the top 4 apprentice/student, one form each category will commence May contact your Chapter Chairman of Judges for details of the competition in your State. All regional finals are to be completed by 31st July. The 2020 National Final will be held 9 & 10 September in the Culinary Challenge Arena at Fine Foods, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Team Managers you need to print application form & have it ready to fill in at your regional final, so that the entrants can sign the form, you are also required to take a team photo to accompany the application.

Secondary Schools Culinary Competitions
International, National & Regional heats for all secondary schools competitions have been cancelled for 2020, we look forward to a bigger & better competition in 2021
In 2020 the ACF will be running Secondary School Culinary Competitions in all states for the first time. 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 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 14 - 16 August  to be hosted by North Metropolitan TAFE Joondalup campus in Western Australia the competition will be held in conjunction with the international competition 




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 2020.


ACF Restaurant Challenge














The 2020 ACF Restaurant Challenge will be held at the ICC Sydney as part of Foodservice Australia from November 8-10 Chefs, teams will have the opportunity to pit their skills against each other and against the clock, competing for a share of the cash and prizes.

A total of 9 will compete, 3 teams each day, to prepare cook & serve a 2 course menu for 54 guests & judges.

Please ensure you are reading the criteria dated 20.03.20

This competition is the only Restaurant Challenge that the ACF will be hosting for 2020. We will be selecting the top 9 entries early in October

These Documents will download to your Computer to fill in


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