Nestlé Professional recently chose the 12 college students and 12 apprentices who took the top spots at the Toque d’Or national heats. They secured a place to compete in the grand finals, which have been postponed until later in 2020.
Competing in the heats, which took place across the country in Glasgow, Birmingham, Westminster and Gatwick, were a total of 78 aspiring hospitality superstars who battled it out in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. They took part in a series of challenges and masterclasses focused around the holistic relationship between food, sustainability and nutrition.
Judge Ruth Hansom, the first female to win Young National Chef of the Year, said: “It was inspiring to see just how passionate and hungry to succeed the competitors are – there was some serious talent taking part. It’s going to be an exciting ride for those that have made it through to the grand finals.
“It’s amazing to see the competitors so engaged with the Sustainable Futures theme. It’s really apparent just how connected the future faces of hospitality are to this topic and competitions like Toque d’Or provide the perfect platform for this interest to grow.”
Katya Simmons, managing director of Nestlé Professional UK&I, added: “We saw some of the most challenging heats yet, but the talent shone through. We’re looking forward to giving the finalists the journey of a lifetime as we progress to the next stage of the competition.”
Of the postponement, she added: “This was a difficult decision, however, the health and wellbeing of our competitors, colleagues, partners and customers is our top priority. While a new date has not yet been set, we will continue to monitor the situation and keep everyone updated on plans as we move into a position of being able to make new arrangements.”