Australia’s top young chefs to represent nation at 2024 Culinary Olympics

Nestlé Professional supports National Culinary Youth Team’s journey to Germany

Australia’s leading young chefs are set to compete at the 2024 IKA/Culinary Olympics this coming
February. Held every four years in Germany, the games are the oldest, largest, and most diverse
international culinary arts competition in the world.

Eight of the nation’s top young chefs will head to Stuttgart to face off against more than 1,800
talented professionals from 67 countries, backed by the support of Nestlé Professional, one of the
principal sponsors of the Australian Culinary Federation (ACF) who manage and train the team.

Nestlé Professional Communications & Sustainability Manager, Karlie Durrant said: “For nearly 60
years, Nestlé Professional has been committed to furthering the careers of the next generation of
chefs through the Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat Award, and the sponsorship of Australia’s National
Youth Team on their journey to the Culinary Olympics.

“These games are a unique opportunity for Australia’s best and brightest to compete on an
international platform and showcase their culinary expertise,” said Karlie Durrant.

Chefs must be under the age of 25 to compete in the games. Australia’s National Culinary Youth
Team comprises of seasoned talent who have participated in the prestigious Nestlé Golden Chef’s Hat
Award, and excelled at state, national and international level.

Young culinary stars years in the making

Currently ranked seventh in the world, the Australian team will participate in a two-part contest.
The first will require the chefs to prepare and present a three-course menu for over 70 guests. The
second will be a junior chef’s table, requiring the team to prepare a five-course menu for guests
sitting at the end of their kitchen booth.

The Australian National Culinary Youth group, mentored by team manager, Patrick O’Brien, has
been diligently training the squad throughout the past three years.

“Competing in the Culinary Olympics is both an honour and an opportunity for our young chefs to
represent their country. The dedication and hard work of our squad to perfect their plates has been
incredible, and it’s wonderful to see the team grow and learn as they take the next step in their
careers,” said Patrick O’Brien.

“Nestlé Professional has been a huge support to the team. Competitions, such as the Nestlé Golden
Chef’s Hat Award, have been invaluable in selecting the high calibre of chefs needed to excel on the
global stage. This talented team is undoubtedly set to reshape the future of Australia’s foodservice

Youth Team captain, Amber Heaton, said: “The IKA/Culinary Olympics are a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for up-and-coming chefs, like me, to connect with like-minded
people from different countries to share our passion for food, and make lifelong friendships.”

“We’re extremely proud to compete for Australia in these games. The generous support of sponsors
like Nestlé Professional is so important to help our group to travel, compete on an international
level, and showcase our skills to the world,” said Amber Heaton.

If you would like to support Australia’s National Culinary Youth Team’s road to the IKA/Culinary
Olympics in Germany, donate to the ACF Culinary Teams here.

For more information about the IKA/Culinary Olympics, visit