Thirty student teams have made it through to the initial stage of Nestlé Toque d'Or 2014 and now will compete at the the regional heats which take place around the country between the 3-7 February.
Once again the number of entries for the annual competition has reached an unprecedented level from colleges across the country, including a number of first-time applications.
Amongst the teams to have landed coveted spots are first time Nestlé Toque d'Or entrants Richmond-upon-Thames, Northampton, Doncaster and Londonderry. Joining them are Nestlé Toque d'Or veterans University College Birmingham, winners in 2011 and Westminster Kingsway, who took the top spot in 2012.
Mark Rooksby, tutor of the team from Leicester College, said: "We are delighted to have made it through to the heats stage of such a prestigious competition and are especially excited to be the first team from our college to have done so; quite a few first-time teams have won so we are feeling lucky this year."
Neil Stephens, managing director of Nestlé Professional UK&I added "The level of knowledge, skill and passion from the teams entering Toque d'Or never fails to impress.
"As we now move in to the hotly contested heats stage, I would like to wish every competing team the very best of luck."
The heats will take place at Birmingham, Leeds, Glasgow, Bristol and London and just six teams will make it through to the finals on the 6-9 March.
For the full list of colleges announced for the heats visit www.nestle-toquedor.co.uk/Home/NewsEventDetail/18