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.