Discovering and Supporting the Next Generation of Young Hospitality Professionals

Established in 2005, Appetite for Excellence is Australia’s most prestigious award for young talent working in hospitality, judged by the best of the best of the industry.

Through a program of application and judging, educational workshops and leadership mentoring activities, Appetite for Excellence identifies Australia’s top young talent, puts them through their paces, challenges them to develop their skills and provides them with mentoring and education to nurture their success in becoming Australia’s next generation of inspiring leaders and ultimately, mentors to the generations behind them.  

Appetite for Excellence alumni now lead many of Australia’s award-winning restaurants – past winners such as Jake Nicolson, Ben Devlin, Richard Ousby, Troy Rhoades-Brown, James Viles, Penny Grant, Brooke Adey, to name just a few. Others, like Jake Kellie and Shui Ishizaka have found success overseas.

Appetite for Excellence is ultimately a community of talented, engaged, driven and ambitious hospitality young guns led by Australia’s top industry talent as mentors and judges.

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