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18th December 2020

Nestlé Professional launches 2021 Toque d’Or competition

Written by: Edward Waddell
Nestlé Professional has launched its Toque d’Or competition and hospitality awards- with a new format to give more opportunities to young hospitality professionals.

The competition aims to inspire the industry’s next generation and provide them with key skills required to succeed in their career.

The 2021 competition will be open to entry-level front and back house professionals as well as college students and apprentices.

Katya Simmons, managing director of Nestlé Professional UK&I, said: “2020 has been an unprecedented and hugely challenging year for hospitality. Through it all, we’ve pulled together and, now more than ever, it’s important we work as a community to help build a sustainable future for the hospitality industry.

“Toque d’Or has these aims at its heart. We’re passionate about supporting entrants to develop a wide range of relevant skills to help them in their careers and provide them with the opportunity to work with, and learn from, a number of leading industry experts and businesses throughout the tasks. 

“I’m proud of what the competition has helped past competitors achieve and look forward to seeing this year’s competitors.”

Nestlé Professional gives three key reasons why chefs should enter the competition:

  • Unique experience: Aiming to inspire the next generation of chefs and foodservice enthusiasts.
  • Exciting challenge: Helping entrants gain both front and back-of-house experience while developing their skills and knowledge.
  • Bridge the gap between the classroom and workplace.

The chefs competing will be given their relevant entry task on 1 February 2021, with the heats taking place in April and the finalists will be announced on 30 April.

The Toque d’Or Finals and awards will be hosted in the last week of June. Entrants are encouraged to register via: (Registrations close on 31 January 2021).