Toque d'Or finalists revealed

Nestlé Professional recently announced the finalists of this year’s Toque d'Or competition. Following the heats, which saw 112 back and front of house students, apprentices and young professionals from across the country battle it out in a virtual competition, the field has now been narrowed to just 12 finalists.

Over the course of the finals they will be put through their paces with a host of challenges and opportunities to develop a variety of skills. It is hoped that the finals can be performed in person, however the Toque team is following government guidelines.

Katya Simmons, managing director of Nestlé Professional UK&I, said: “We were overwhelmed by the standard of competition in the heats, and I would like to congratulate everyone who has taken part. I am delighted for our 12 finalists and I’m sure they are excited about what awaits them during the Finals. Good luck to all!”

The finals will take place from 28th June to 2nd July. The winners will be announced during the live awards presentation, which will be held on YouTube on 30th July.

The 12 finalists are:

Back of house students
Rebecca Bourne, University College Birmingham
Sarah Morton, New City College London (Hackney)
Liam Hanson, Blackpool and the Fylde College

Back of house apprentices/young professionals
Amy Bilton, Sparrow Lewisham
Dipen Patel, Just a Bite
Kenny Markham, Burnt Lemon Chefs

Front of house students
Sophie Taylor, Edinburgh College
Jessica Nicholson, Sheffield College
Marc Barker, Isle of Wight College

Front of house apprentices/young professionals
Georgia Wheatley, University College Birmingham
Bryn Williams, Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa
Jess Metcalf, The Isle of Wight College

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