How Nestlé Professional Golden Chef’s Hat is developing the next generation of Arab chefs

How Nestlé Professional Golden Chef’s Hat is developing the next generation of Arab chefs

For 57 years, Nestlé Professional has given young chefs the opportunity to kickstart their careers at the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award competition.

At the forthcoming edition, which is set to run from April 2022 until the end of the year, Nestlé Professional, in collaboration with Hospitality Services, will be launching its culinary competition across the Middle East. The competition serves as a platform for emerging talents to go head-to-head in live challenges and provides valuable learning opportunities.

Ten teams comprising chefs aged between 18 to 30 from reputable hotels across the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait) will participate in the competition and will be tasked with cooking with Nestlé products.

This competition offers apprentice and young chefs a truly unique opportunity to showcase their skills in cook-offs, where they must prepare starter, main and dessert dishes and impress a panel of globally recognized professionals.

Three teams will be selected to compete in the final, putting their skills to the ultimate test by battling it out on stage. There will be full video and photo coverage.

More than a competition, Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award inspires the next generation of chefs to take things to the next level and push themselves to see what they can do. It’s about being part of a chef community, meeting new chefs and connecting with the broader industry. Furthermore, it’s entirely free to enter, with prizes at every stage.

The Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award competition exists to support emerging culinary talent, helping rising stars advance their careers.

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Rita Ghantous

Rita Ghantous is a hospitality aficionado and a passionate writer with over 9 years’ experience in journalism and 5 years experience in the hospitality sector. Her passion for the performance arts and writing, started early. At 10 years old she was praised for her solo performance of the Beatles song “All My Love” accompanied by a guitarist, and was approached by a French talent scout during her school play. However, her love for writing was stronger. Fresh out of school, she became a freelance journalist for Noun Magazine and was awarded the Silver Award Cup for Outstanding Poetry, by The International Library of Poetry (Washington DC). She studied Business Management and earned a Masters degree from Saint Joseph University (USJ), her thesis was published in the Proche-Orient, Études en Management book. She then pursued a career in the hospitality industry but didn’t give up writing, that is why she launched the Four Points by Sheraton Le Verdun Newsletter. Her love for the industry and journalism led her to Hospitality Services - the organizers of the HORECA trade show in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Jordan, as well as Salon Du Chocolat, Beirut Cooking Festival, Whisky Live and other regional shows. She is currently the Publications Executive of Hospitality News Middle East, Taste & Flavors and Lebanon Traveler. It is with ultimate devotion for her magazines that she demonstrates her hospitality savoir-faire.

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