While previously entrants have been tasked with a practical assignment, this year participants will be asked to complete a virtual assessment. Competitors will receive links to reading material on the topic of sustainability and nutrition, and will need to complete a set of multiple-choice questions on 18 March.
Competitors will also need to complete a one-minute selfie-style video explaining why they are passionate about hospitality and why they should be selected as 2021 Toque d’Or contestants.
The deadline to register for the competition is 16 March with a virtual cooking challenge set to take place on 15 April and the finalists announced on 30 April.
This will be followed by the grand finals being hosted on the week staring 28 June with the awards being announced at a virtual event in July.
MasterChef winner Louisa Ellis and educator and drinks expert Alison Taffs have been selected as judges for the heats, which are expected to see around 320 youngsters compete for a place in the final.
“Changing the format of the entry task to one that is virtual ensures that the competition remains accessible to all aspiring professionals,” says Katya Simmons, managing director at Nestlé Professional UK&I, says.
“Our aim has always been to support the next generation and provide them with the opportunity to learn and grow in their career.”
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