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 $80.00 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.

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Criteria, Application Procedure & Forms  CLICK HERE 

Regional Judges Workshops  CLICK HERE


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The 2017 Australian Culinary Challenge will be held at the New Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of Fine Food Australia 2017 from September 11th - 14th 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 2017, Yum Cha Challenge, worldskills cookery & Butchery competitions, extensive centrepiece and static displays, Nestle Golden Chefs Hat Award

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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

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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 in August on The Gold Coast

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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Tasmania Professional Chef of the Year Competition 2018

In 2018, the Professional Chef of the Year Competition dates TBC. The Australian Culinary Federation Tasmania and TasTAFE have created the competition this year with the theme being 'local.' 

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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.



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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Australian Culinary Challenge Regional Competition Queensland 2018 TBC

Australian Culinary Federation invites you to test your skill in the heat of competition!

The 2018 Australian Culinary Challenge Regional Competition to be held in Queensland will be one of the highlights of the year in culinary competition in Australia, held at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre,  Chefs, trainees and apprentices will have the opportunity to pit their skills against each other and against the clock, competing for a share of cash and prizes.

The Australian Culinary Federation is committed to showcasing and promoting culinary excellence through culinary competition and to encouraging participation whilst providing world class competition

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the 2018 Australian Culinary Challenge Regional Competition