Appetite For Excellence

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The future of the hospitality industry
Nurturing Australia’s next gen hospitality leaders

ABOUT

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

YOUNG CHEF

If you are an aspiring young chef who’d like to take your career to the next level, then this is the awards for you!

YOUNG WAITER

Australia’s most prestigious and (as far as we are aware!) only awards for talented young waiters.

YOUNG RESTAURATEUR

Celebrating the dynamic young restaurateurs leading the new wave of exciting, ground-breaking Australian restaurants.

Meet industry leaders, engage with like-minded peers, challenge yourself to get out of your comfort zone, gain constructive feedback from the judges, visit one of Australia’s leading food-growing regions and learn about agriculture & viticulture, and, if you are the 2019 winner, travel overseas and experience a stagiaire at a world-renowned restaurant.

PERRIER aperitivo – CREATE AN ICON COMPETITION

Perrier and Appetite for Excellence challenge Australia’s bartenders to create an iconic cocktail that compliments and elevates Perrier’s blend of bubbles and balanced minerality.

This year’s competition will be judged by two of Australia’s best bartenders: Luke Ashton, Diageo’s 2013 World Class Bartender of the Year and owner of This Must Be the Place and Jenna Hemsworth, Head Bartender at Restaurant Hubert, 2018 Australian Bartender of the Year and the 2019 Australian Bacardi Legacy Champion.

The 2019 finalists will be flown to Sydney to make their cocktail for Luke, Jenna and the Perrier team as well as have their cocktails served at the Appetite for Excellence awards event attended by Australia’s food industry leaders. The 2019 Perrier Aperitivo – Create an Icon winner’s prize will include a Virgin Australia return flight from Sydney to Hong Kong and $1000 to spend whilst exploring the vibrant bar scene of Hong Kong.

Applications closed Friday 5 July 2019

PERRIER APERITIVO – CREATE AN ICON COMPETITION

Perrier and Appetite for Excellence challenge Australia’s bartenders to create an iconic cocktail that compliments and elevates Perrier’s blend of bubbles and balanced minerality.

This year’s competition will be judged by two of Australia’s best bartenders: Luke Ashton, Diageo’s 2013 World Class Bartender of the Year and owner of This Must Be the Place and Jenna Hemsworth, Head Bartender at Restaurant Hubert, 2018 Australian Bartender of the Year and the 2019 Australian Bacardi Legacy Champion.

The 2019 finalists will be flown to Sydney to make their cocktail for Luke, Jenna and the Perrier team as well as have their cocktails served at the Appetite for Excellence awards event attended by Australia’s food industry leaders. The 2019 Perrier Aperitivo – Create an Icon winner’s prize will include a Virgin Australia return flight from Sydney to Hong Kong and $1000 to spend whilst exploring the vibrant bar scene of Hong Kong.

Applications closed Friday 5 July 2019

Our Story

Appetite for Excellence has a simple focus: to unearth, upskill and mentor Australia’s top young talent to give them the tools to become the next generation of hospitality industry leaders and ensure that the future of one of Australia’s most important economies – tourism and hospitality – is in the best hands possible.

TRULY NATIONAL

We welcome applicants from all over Australia.

DRIVING INDUSTRY EXCELLENCE

We are proud of our longevity, high profile judges, mentors and partners, and, alumni success stories.

BROAD INDUSTRY FOCUS

We recognise and celebrate chefs, restaurateurs, waiters and mixologists.

COMMITTED TO INDUSTRY GROWTH

We are focused on providing our next gen talent with the skills to create a sustainable future for Australia’s hospitality industry.

PARTNERs

Appetite for Excellence wouldn’t be possible without our valued partners who understand the importance of investing in the next generation of talent.

We thank them for sharing our vision and providing their invaluable support in developing and inspiring Australia’s young emerging talent, assisting in the ongoing enrichment of Australia’s culinary footprint on the world stage and ensuring a strong future for Australia’s food and tourism economies.

 

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Appetite for Excellence announces 2019 National Finalists

Appetite for Excellence, the ultimate national awards program which fosters the next generation of hospitality professionals, has today announced the 2019 national finalists, after a rigorous judging process. The finalists were chosen by a prestigious panel made up of...

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