Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award winners crowned

Giles Gabutina and Alessio Nogarotto, who both work at Bentley Restaurant and Bar in Sydney, have been crowned the national champions of Australia’s longest running competition for young chefs.

The pair out-cooked a host of new culinary talent at the finals of the 2019 Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award at Fine Food Australia.

The Sydney chefs impressed the judges with their winning menu taking home silver medals for their entrée and main courses and gold for their dessert course of roasted and glazed pears with crème fraiche and citrus parfait, pear and burnt butter emulsion, toasted olive oil cake with a bitter citrus and fennel infusion. 

The national champions were awarded a $15,000 culinary trip to North America.

Executive chef at Nestlé Professional Mark Clayton said: “Each and every competitor performed to an exceptional level. They were focused, determined and pushed themselves to deliver some outstanding dishes. The future looks bright for these young chefs.”

Celebrating 54 years in 2019, the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award exists to support the country’s top emerging culinary talent and has helped develop the careers of over 7,000 talented young chefs since its inception by providing young chef talent a platform to create new opportunities, learn valuable skills and connect with peers in the culinary industry.