Competitions give you a chance to showcase your skills as a chef, promote your restaurant & compete with fellow professionals. It is an essential part of the development of young chefs, it enables them to perform in an environment that puts them against their peers, which is a great challenge.

Australian Culinary Federation Judges Accreditation Policy


A 2 hour training session to prepare you to judge ACF competitions at a Junior and Regional level. This workshop is the first step in our new judging program & is for all new judges & recognised regional & national judges judges that wish to be accredited by ACF. You must be a financial member to attend. Successful completion of the workshop will provide you with the certification to apply to be a registered ACF Judge.

Cost $100.00 to attend & will include a ACF Judging Jacket with your level of accreditation embroidered on the collar, once your application has been approved by the Culinary Committee.

If you are renewing your registration in 2018, please note you will be required to complete the Full Application Procedure to remain on the ACF Judges register.

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Criteria, Application Procedure & Forms  CLICK HERE 

Regional Judges Workshops  CLICK HERE

Judges Register  CLICK HERE


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The 2018 Australian Culinary Challenge will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of Fine Food Australia 2018 from September 10th - 13th inclusive. Chefs, trainees and apprentices will have the opportunity to pit their skills against each other and against the clock, competing for a share of up to $10,000 in cash and prizes.
Chefs of the highest caliber and skill level are invited to showcase their talents in front of the Fine Food audience and will be judged by a panel of international, interstate and local judges.
This year the extensive competition program will include the ACF Most Outstanding Chef 2018, Yum Cha Challenge,  Nestle Golden Chefs Hat Award

Fine Food Australia                            Criteria                         Individual Classes Entry Form

National Apprentice Competition

The NAC is a culmination of many apprentice competitions being held throughout the year in each state and territory and includes training chefs in each year of apprenticeship and a culinary students section. The best apprentice from each apprentice year and culinary student section from each state and territory are brought together to compete and decide the overall winners. The numbers of competitors, training schools, culinary educators that the NAC touches is staggering with in excess of 4,000 culinary students and teachers, each with links to industry resulting in exposure to over 10,000 chefs throughout Australia. State selection will commence from June contact your Chapter Chairman of Judges for details of the competition in your State. The 2018 Final dates & Venue TBC

2017 photo Gallery        2018 SA Criteria      SA NAC Media Release 

WA 5th August & 16th September 2018 WA Heat Application   

WA Finals 9th September Finals Criteria

NSW 30th July & 15th August NSW Criteria & Application  

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Secondary Schools Culinary Competitions

In 2018 the ACF will be running Secondary School Culinary Competitions in SA, ACT, QLD, TAS, NSW & Victoria. This competition is designed to establish and develop links between school and industry in an effort to encourage more students to enter the commercial cookery industry. 

The QLD Junior Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge Competition is for year 10 students studying Home Economics or Hospitality at high school. 

The Senior Secondary Schools Culinary Competition  is for year 11 and 12 students studying Home Economics or Hospitality at high school. The Winners of these competitions will be attending the National Secondary Schools Final 10 - 12 August, Holmesglen TAFE Victoria

The ISSCC will be held in September, Now in its thirteenth year, the 2018 ISSCC will enable young culinary students to engage in cultural exchanges whilst expanding their professional and personal development in their field of hospitality studies. This engagement with neighboring countries will also contribute to enhancing their future career prospects.

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Is dedicated to helping junior and apprentice chefs develop their cooking skills and broaden their culinary horizons. It’s the longest running culinary competition in Australia that offers young chefs the chance to really find out where they are as a chef, by pitting themselves against their peers and bench marking their cooking skills. Taking part in the Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF'S HAT AWARD provides young chefs with the added opportunity of being mentored by culinary instructors and given access to a national network of professional chefs. This year, the national winning team will be headed to Vietnam for a once in a lifetime Culinary Journey, including work experience with a multi award-winning chef at a world-renowned establishment. The competition is open to apprentice and junior chefs, who are residents of Australia and under 25 years of age on 30th September 2017.


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The 2018 ACF Restaurant Challenge was held for the first time as part of Foodservice Australia at the New Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre May 27th - 29th inclusive. 9 Teams of Chefs had the opportunity to pit their skills against each other and against the clock to prepare a 2 course menu for 30 covers, competing for a share of up to $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Each kitchen team is to consist of one team manager, one qualified chef, one pastry chef and one junior chef (Apprentice/Trainee who has been in industry for less than 3 years)

2018 Results                            


This is Australia's only Continental event as recognised by  World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS). It is held biannually in Perth WA & facilitated by WA ACF Chapter.

The aim of the competition is to assess the culinary skills and abilities of Chefs, Cooks, Pastry Chefs, Apprentices, Armed Forces Personnel, Industrial Caterers, Training Providers and Home Cake Decorators. The next competition will be held in 2017

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