Nestlé Professional announces Toque d’Or shortlist

Nestlé Professional has revealed the 24 college teams and 48 apprentices have been shortlisted to compete in the National Heats of Toque d’Or 2019 on 4-12 March. With over 400 registrations, this year’s competition has received record levels of interest.

Amongst the teams to land coveted spots are Newcastle College, University of Derby and Coleg Llandrillo. In the apprentice chef category, successful applicants include Emily Page at The Cross Keys Stow, Charlie Mariner at Goodwood and Ben Simmonds-Grant at Emily Jackson House.

As part of the entry process, every apprentice and college team was asked to create a vegetarian dish and produce a two-minute video presenting it to the judges. The challenge was central to this year’s competition focus: Sustainable Futures. Tapping into key areas of concern for hospitality professionals, Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or 2019 will seek to explore the core issues of sustainable food, sustainable careers in foodservice and the sustainable future of the entire industry.

Mick Burke, Chair of Judges at Toque d’Or 2019 and Fellow of the Master Chefs of Great Britain, said, “The standard of entries this year has been excellent; we are now looking forward to motivating and inspiring the finalists at the heats and opening their minds to the opportunities within our industry.”

Speaking about Sustainable Futures, Katya Simmons, Managing Director, Nestlé Professional UK&I, added, “We are particularly excited and passionate about this year’s focus on sustainability and the valuable role it plays across the foodservice sector. Toque d’Or is so much more than just a competition; it’s a stimulating framework to nurture the culinary talent of tomorrow.”

Now in its 31st year, Nestlé Professional Toque d’Or is one of the UK’s most influential industry competitions, bridging the gap between the theories of the classroom, work-based learning and the exciting reality of the industry. Winning prizes this year will include a once in a lifetime gastronomic trip to Europe.

The competition has so far worked with 8,000 contestants, as well as highly-regarded supporters such as Anton Mosimann and former judge James Martin. Well known judges this year include James Tanner from the Kentish Hare and the Barbican Kitchen, Simon Hulstone from The Elephant and Nestle Professional Consultant Chef Andrej Prokes.