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Young chef

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The (basic) Rules - Young Chefs who;

  • are aged 30 years or under on Tuesday 07-Aug-18 and are over 18 years old
  • have completed and hold the nationally recognised certificate III in hospitality – commercial cookery
  • if you do not have a cert III and have worked for 2 years full time as a chef you can still apply – all we need is a written and signed reference from your current employer stating your position and length of employment
  • for young chefs who are the owner or part owner of restaurant/venue with a liquor license should consider applying for young restaurateur of the year
  • place of employment must hold a liquor licence
  • are an Australian citizen or a permanent resident – working holiday & bridging visas are not accepted.
  • are not the owner, or part owner of a restaurant/hospitality business or who are employed as a hospitality trainer (full/part time or casual) are not eligible to enter
  • are able to participate in all program dates (except workshop dates)

The Rules – Application

  • all application questions must be answered unless stated as ‘optional’ for it to be valid for judging and must be submitted by 11:59 pm Monday 09 April 2018 AEST
  • a one off application fee of $49.20 is paid by 11:59 pm Monday 9 April 2018 AEST
  • with your application you’ll need the following official documents (images only not originals)
      • portrait image
      • certificate III or reference from current employer
      • Australian passport or drivers licence with name, birthdate clearly visible
      • if you are born overseas & don’t have an Australian passport, proof of residency or citizenship
  • As part of your application, you are required to submit a 3 course, original and seasonal autumn menu which has been designed and created by you.  See Menu guide in Chefs documents tab.

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see our previous years finalists below