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5th May 2021

Toque d’Or reveals 2021 competition finalists

Written by: Edward Waddell
Nestlé Professional has announced the 12 finalists of this year’s Toque d'Or Competition.

The heats saw 112 back of house students, apprentices and young professionals from across the country compete for their place in the final, which will take place during the last week of June.

Katya Simmons, managing director of Nestlé Professional UK&I said: “We were overwhelmed by the standard of competition in the heats, and I would like to congratulate everyone who has taken part. You are a credit to our industry. I am delighted for our 12 finalists and I’m sure they are excited about what awaits them during the Finals. Good luck to all!”

The Grand Finals will take place from 28 June – 2 July, with the winners announced during the live Awards presentation on YouTube on Friday 30th July.

The competition will be judged by MasterChef: The Professionals, The Festive Knockout winner Louisa Ellis, educator and drinks expert Alison Taffs, Robert Smith from Shuttersmith as well as guest judges who are yet to be announced.

The 12 finalists include:

Back of House Students

  • Rebecca Bourne, University College Birmingham
  • Sarah Morton, New City College London (Hackney)
  • Liam Hanson, Blackpool and the Fylde College

Back of House Apprentices/Young Professionals

  • Amy Bilton, Sparrow Lewisham
  • Dipen Patel, Just a bite
  • Kenny Markham, Burnt Lemon Chefs

Front of House Students

  • Sophie Taylor, Edinburgh College
  • Jessica Nicholson, Sheffield College
  • Marc Barker, Isle of Wight College

Front of House Apprentices/Young Professionals

  • Georgia Wheatley, University College Birmingham
  • Bryn Williams, Whatley Manor Hotel
  • Spa Jess Metcalf, The Isle of Wight College