Competitions

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 Workshop.  
ONCE you have submitted the required documentation for application to be on the register & it has been approved by culinary committee, you will be issued with a judges jacket 
Please note if you have not done a judges workshop since 2015 you will be required to complete an application as per current procedures to be put on the 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 2019 Australian Culinary Challenge will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre as part of Fine Food Australia 2019 from September 9-12 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 the 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 2019, 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
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Secondary Schools Culinary Competitions

In 2019 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 date & venue TBC
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Nestlé GOLDEN CHEF'S HAT AWARD

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 2019.
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The 2018 ACF Restaurant Challenge was held for the first time as part of Foodservice Australia in Sydney. in 2019 8 Teams of Chefs have the opportunity to pit their skills against each other and against the clock to prepare a 2 course menu for 40 covers.
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)
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Oceanafest 

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. 
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