The deadline for the Nestlé Professional Toque d'Or 2019 competition has been extended to 14 December.
The competition, which is free to enter and open to students and apprentices, is aimed at inspiring the next generation of talented young chefs to develop their skills, knowledge and experience.
A spokesperson said the extension was to "to enable more talent to take part in this unique development opportunity". Winning prizes this year will include a once in a lifetime gastronomic trip to Europe.
The 2017 Nestlé Professional Toque d'Or apprentice winner Charlie Stockwell secured himself a stage and subsequent full-time position with Sat Bains at his eponymous restaurant in Nottingham.
Katya Simmons, managing director, Nestlé Professional UK&I said: "Our aim is to provide the future stars of our industry with new skills, enhancing their learning and career. We see Toque d'Or as so much more than just a competition; we are focussed on motivating and inspiring potential talent and opening their minds to the opportunities within our industry. It's about giving them a taste of their future."