The Australian Professional Chef of the Year competition will once again return in 2024.

The event will be held from 19-21 May as part of Foodservice Australia in Sydney, with individual chefs competing to win more than $25,000 in cash and prizes.

Participants have one hour to prepare two dishes for judges in order to progress to the grand final round.

“Chefs are competing each other and the clock,” says Competition Director Peter Wright. “You have to be calm, controlled, and talented.”

Another culinary challenge will also take place at Foodservice Australia – the ACF Restaurant Challenge.

Groups of four chefs will work together to serve a two-course meal to 50 guests and four judges.

“This is a great event for any restaurant team that want to show off their skills and meet other chefs,” says Karen Doyle, president of the Australian Culinary Foundation.

“It is a great way to pull everyone together and celebrate their skills.”

The challenge is open to chefs working at a range of venues from cafes and restaurants to clubs and pubs.

“This is about working together and being able to deliver 50 quality meals under pressure,” says Doyle. “I would love to see teams from every part of the industry involved.”

Foodservice Australia attendees will be able to watch both competitions take place from the show floor.

The event is open to trade only, with registrations now open.