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.


ACF Restaurant Challenge














The 2021 ACF Restaurant Challenge will be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre as part of Foodservice Australia. 27 - 29 June. 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 eight teams will compete. Each day 28th & 29th June four teams will prepare, cook and serve a two course menu for 44 guests and judges. Kitchen teams will consist of a team manager and three qualified chefs. International, regional and military teams are invited to take part.  


Teams with be paid $1500 to assist with travel and accommodation. The winning team will be awarded cash and prizes. 


This competition is the only Restaurant Challenge that the ACF will be hosting for 2021.


To register your interest in this competition please fill in the online form below by the 30th April 2021, the ACF Culinary Committee will review the applications & the 8 successful teams will be notified by the 4th May 2021


These Documents will download to your Computer to fill in

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Expressions of Interest

To register, please take the time to fill out the information below by the 30th April 2021

Culinary Challenge 2021





Culinary Challenge 2021 will be held at the Sydney International Convention Centre as part of Fine Food Australia from September 6 - 9 2021 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, & 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

Culinary Challenge Criteria
The Following are documents and will download to your computer to fill in, the entry form just click on boxes to select classes
Yum Cha Team Details *
Entry Form
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*To be submitted with Entry Form




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.

The Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award exists to support emerging culinary talent by offering the next generation of chefs a platform like no other to experience new opportunities and advance their chef careers. 

This Award offers apprentice and junior chefs a truly unique opportunity to showcase their skills in live cook-offs judged to globally recognised standards. 

The 12 finalists selected from across Australia and New Zealand will then put their skills to the ultimate test and do battle on the big stage at Fine Food Australia in Sydney.

The Winner will be awarded an $10,000AUD cash prize to support their culinary advancement.

Most Creative Use of a Nestlé Product Award
The winner will receive SOLIDTEKNICS kitchen equipment packages valued at $1,000AUD and Best Restaurants Australia™ $250AUD resuarant dining vouchers.

Most Sustainable Approach Award
The winner will receive SOLIDTEKNICS kitchen equipment packages valued at $1,000AUD and Best Restaurants Australia™ $250AUD resuarant dining vouchers.

The competition is open to apprentice and junior chefs, who are residents of Australia and under 25 years of age on 31st December 2021.


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 from each category will commence May contact your Region 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 8th & 9th September in the Culinary Challenge Arena at Fine Foods, Sydney International Convention Centre

Secondary Schools Culinary Competitions
in 2021 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 13 - 15 August state & venue TBC
The ACF regrets to announce that due to the uncertainty of International travel we will not be hosting the Paul Krantzcke International secondary Schools Competition in 2021. All other Australian events are planned to go ahead depending on covid restrictions.