Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat winners score Bocuse d’Or stint
18 September, 2014 Danielle Bowling
Queensland South duo Tara Bain and Rachel Male.
Queensland South duo Tara Bain and Rachel Male were last night named the national winners of the 2014 Nestle Golden Chef’s Hat competition.
Bain and Male, from The Brisbane Club, achieved three gold medals to take out the title, and were awarded a trip to Europe that will include a stint in Lyon, France at the world’s most prestigious cooking competition, the Bocuse d’Or World Final.
During the National Final, the duo competed against seven other chef teams, creating a three-course meal in four hours.
Bain and Male were awarded medals for culinary excellence to World Chefs globally approved standards, claiming gold medals for their entrée, main and dessert dishes.
A record number of budding young chefs entered this year’s competition. It received 30 percent more entrants than last year, with standout registration volumes from New South Wales, South Australia and Queensland in particular.
Chef registrations represent apprentices working in an array of establishments, from clubs and pubs to award winning, fine dining restaurants.
Mark Clayton, executive chef at Nestlé Professional said “Our objective is the same now as it was in 1965 - to offer young chefs a spring-board for their career development - so it's extremely encouraging to see so many chefs step up this year, to put themselves forward and give it a go.”