The Caterer

Nestlé Professional announces winners of Toque d'Or 2019

18 June 2019 by
Nestlé Professional announces winners of Toque d'Or 2019

University College Birmingham walked away with the college award at the Toque d'Or 2019 competition, while Drew Dawson of the Ned in London was presented with the apprentice prize.

This year's final had seen five colleges and six apprentices take part in a series of challenges centered around sustainable futures. They also undertook WSET level one training and shifts under chef James Tanner at Smiths at Smithfield before Nestlé Professional announced the winners during a ceremony at the Royal Lancaster London.

The results marked the fifth time University College Birmingham has won the award since 2010, most recently picking up the prize in 2017.

Yasmine Selwood of University College Birmingham said: "I'm a mother of four, and an older student and this competition has proved that I can do anything I put my mind to. There really is no limit to what you can achieve. The secret is believing in yourself and being open to new opportunities when they arise."

Teammate Luke Haywood added: "I came into this competition slightly daunted and not knowing what to expect, but we've grown together as a team and developed a really close bond. I think competitions like this are great because the industry is always changing and Toque d'Or provides the perfect platform to get you up to speed with all the latest trends and developments in the industry."

toque apprentice winner 2019
toque apprentice winner 2019

Apprentice winner Dawson said: "I'm absolutely over the moon! It's an experience of a lifetime and I'm so lucky to have been given this opportunity. Competitions like this show just how supportive the industry is, giving young people the opportunity to do great things.

"I think the best part of the competition was meeting the farmers and really understanding the supply chain and how everything fits together."

Katya Simmons, managing director of Nestlé Professional UK and Ireland, said: "This is a life-changing moment for the winners. By giving them the opportunity to develop their knowledge in all aspects of the industry and work alongside high-profile experts and chefs, the competition has paved the way for their careers. The winners' creativity in their approach to the challenges really set them apart from the pack and they have set an incredibly high standard for next year's competition."

Toque d'OrThe Caterer interview: Katya Simmons>>

The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.