Discovering and Supporting the Next Generation of Young Hospitality Professionals

Appetite for Excellence is Australia’s only national hospitality awards program that recognises and awards talented chefs, waiters and restaurateurs who are the next generation of industry leaders. We aim to inspire young culinary talent by providing the opportunity to increase skills, knowledge and networks, creating unique experiences and enviable prizes with the ultimate objective of creating a sustainable industry for young professionals and the industry alike. Curious to know what happens, what the judges are looking for, advice from past young alumni and the dates you will need to keep free

A4X Young Chef

Applications for Young Chef of the Year open on 4th February, 2019 and close at 11.59pm on 31st March, 2019. 

13th and 14th May will host the Young Chef State Cook Off in Sydney.

2nd to 4th June will host the Young Chef Semi and National Finals in Sydney

Finalist tour a Produce Region in July.

The Awards Evening is held in early August

A4X Young Restaurateur

Applications for Young Restaurateur of the Year open on 4th February, 2019 and close at 11.59pm on 31st March, 2019

27th – 28th May will host a round table with the judges along with a Pop Up Restaurant, with the Young Restaurateurs assisting in the running of the Restaurant

Finalist tour a Produce Region in July.

The Awards Evening is held in early August

A4X Young Waiter

Applications for Young Waiter of the Year open on 4th February, 2019 and close at 11.59pm on 31st March, 2019

27th – 28th May will host a Pop Up Restaurant with invited industry, food & lifestyle media.

Finalist tour a Produce Region in July.

The Awards Evening is held in early August