The Golden Chefs Hat Competition (“Activation”) is organized and promoted by Nestlé Middle East FZE, with address at P.O. Box 17327, Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, UAE ("Nestlé"). All participants to this Activation (“Participants”) shall be subject to these Terms and Conditions

Activation Dates

This Activation will run from:
January 1st until December 31st 2018

Entrance to the Activation

Participants must be:

  • 18 - 30 years of age; and
  • legal residents of UAE

1. The Activation is a competition for professional chefs aged 18- 30 in the UAE (“Participants”).

2. The Activation has three stages.

First Stage (the invitation round): Open from 1st December 2017 to 1st November 2018.

Two (2) chefs (one pastry chef and one hot kitchen chef) will form a team. Both chefs must meet the entry requirements and must have obtained a written approval from their hotel/establishment to participate in the Activation. The team needs to be from the same hotel/establishment.

To enter the competition, each team is required to send recipes and pictures of their creations. All Submission must be sent to Amaresh Baskaran: amaresh@gulfgourmet.net.

At the end of every month, judges who are members of the Emirates Culinary Guild (“ECG”) will choose the teams that have been shortlisted to qualify in the next stage. There will be twenty (20) teams who will qualify for the next stage.


Criteria for Judging:

Innovation 40%: Creativity and Originality of the Dish as well as their creative use of Nestlé Ingredients.

Use of Ingredients 40%: Correct and Effective use of Ingredients in their dishes, which includes a nutritionally balanced meal, and correct and effective use of Nestlé Ingredients.

Presentation 20%: Based on Innovative and contemporary Presentation of the dish


Second Stage: (the intermediate round).

Selected Teams from the First Stage will be provided with a basket of Nestlé ingredients. The Teams must use these ingredients to create and plate a main course and dessert at their hotel/ establishment.

Teams are allowed to prepare their Mise en Place beforehand, however they will be given 45 minutes for cooking and plating in the presence of Gulf Gourmet magazine.

A written recipe (“Recipe”) must be submitted by the Teams to Amaresh Bhaskaran: amaresh@gulfgourmet.net.

Criteria for judging in the First Stage will also be applied in the Second Stage.

Ten (10) teams will be shortlisted from the Second Stage who will participate in the Live Cook Off. The teams selected will be notified and informed on the rules of the Live Cook Off on December 2018. Exact date will be announced later.

Teams who are shortlisted on the Second Stage will be required to sign an Authorization and Release Forms for the Recipes.

Pictures of the dish and Recipe will be published in the Gulf Gourmet magazine as a dedicated feature with four pages that will also include a profile of the Team members.


Third Stage:  (the Final round).

The final round will be a Live Cook Off. Panel of judges are composed of ECG members and Nestlé Professional representative. This event will take place in January 2019.

If one of the members of the Teams qualified for the Live Cook Off have moved jobs, they can still reunite as a team.  

The Recipe presented has to be different from those shared in the First and Second Stages. A written recipe Recipe must be submitted by the Teams to Amaresh Bhaskaran: amaresh@gulfgourmet.net.

The Recipe must be prepared within 90 minutes.

Teams must bring all required ingredients, equipment and plates. Nestlé will be providing the Nestlé Professional ingredients.

Criteria for Judging are as follows:

  • Mise en Place and Cleanliness 10%:

  • Tasting 40%

  • Presentation 30%

  • Correct Professional Preperation20%

Teams who participate in the Live Cook Off will be required to sign an Authorization and Release Forms for the Recipes.

Pictures of the dish and Recipe will be published in the Gulf Gourmet magazine as a dedicated feature that will also include a profile of the Team members.

Assignment of Rights:
  1. By Participation in this Activation, the Participant hereby unconditionally authorizes, grants, assigns and transfers the exclusive, worldwide, perpetual and irrevocable rights (material, moral, copyright), title and interests and other proprietary rights of all and any nature whatsoever in the Submission to Nestlé Middle East FZE, its parent company Nestlé S.A., Société des Produits Nestlé S.A. and/or its subsidiaries and affiliated companies (hereinafter collectively referred to as “Nestlé Group”).  

  2. By virtue of this transfer/assignment of rights, Nestlé shall have the full right and authority, including without limitation to:

    1. use, broadcast, distribute, publicly present and publish the Submission on all websites owned and/or operated by Nestlé and other distribution channels of any kind now known or hereafter devised; all communications both external and internal, commercially use and place the same on Nestlé packaging and/or getups, display on the premises of Nestlé, combine the photos with the media, banners, advertisements and publications (including but not limited to newspapers, magazines, billboards, leaflets, posters, websites, banners, truck-backs) relating to any and/or all Nestlé products and brands;

    2. transfer the intellectual property rights and all other proprietary rights to any third party and/or for use in any and all ways that Nestlé deem fit.

  3. Participants hereby confirm that he/she has obtained all authorization, clearances and releases from all the persons appearing in the Submission.
Data Privacy
  1. Participants will be required to submit their personal details such as name, phone number, email, country and must agree to the Terms and Conditions.

  2. Nestlé will be collecting personal information of the Participants in accordance with its Privacy Policy.

  3. Nestlé will collect personal information in order to conduct the Activation and may, for this purpose, disclose such information to third parties, including, but not limited to, Nestlé’s authorized agents and as required, to regulatory authorities.

  4. By participating in the Activation, the Participant hereby consents to the use of their personal information in the manner as set out in these Terms and Conditions and waives their rights to initiate any claim against Nestlé for privacy invasion, improper disclosure of personal information or any other related claims.

Selection of Winner
  1. Winners will be selected at the Live Cook Off session that will take place in January 2019.

  2. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash or any other items. Nestlé reserves the right to substitute any prize for another prize of similar value or alter the dynamics of the prizes due to any unforeseen circumstances without prior notice. All prizes are non-transferable.

  3. In the event that the winner/s opts not to accept his/her prize or was not able to receive the prize for reasons mentioned in these Terms and Conditions, the relevant prize will be deemed forfeited and Nestlé may, subject to applicable laws, award the prize to another winner/s.

  4. Employees of Nestlé, its subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates, authorized dealers/distributors, agents and their immediate family members are not eligible to join in this Activation. Nestlé reserves the right to disqualify any such person from receipt of any prize and/or require the return of any prizes awarded. In such an event, and subject to any legal requirement, Nestlé reserves the right to select a new winner for the prize and/or dispose of the prize in any manner it deems fit, in its sole discretion.

  5. Nestlé decision regarding the award of the prize and/or in other issues not covered by these Terms and Conditions, shall be final and binding on all Participants, and no queries, challenges or appeals may be made or entertained.

  6. Where required by Nestlé, the chosen Participant and any person sharing the prize shall be required to complete official release forms prior to the receipt of the relevant prize(s), failing which Nestlé reserves the right to forfeit the prize as it deems fit or as required by law.

  7. Any person attempting to defraud in any way by falsely claiming to be the winner or falsifying any proof of identity will be ineligible for the prize and may be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.


First Place Winners:

International culinary experience in Food Asia 2019 in Singapore which will consist of the following package for each of the team members:

  • A round trip ticket economy flights from UAE to the nearest city in Singapore;
  • Access tickets to Food Asia 2019
  • Hotel Stay for 3 Nights.
  • AED 4,000 spending money
General Terms
  1. By entering this Activation Participants warrant that they have read and agree to abide by these Terms and Conditions.

  2. If for any reason this Activation is not capable of being carried on as planned, due to without limitation infection by any computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failure, act of God, war (whether or not declared), political coup or insurrection, rebellion, labor dispute, fire, epidemic, storm, flood, typhoon, explosion, legal enactment, government directive, order or regulation, any law or regulation having force of law or any other reason or cause beyond the control of Nestlé, which corrupts or affects the administration security, fairness or integrity or proper conduct of this Activation, Nestlé, to the fullest extent permitted by law, reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Activation and to disqualify any Participant who tampers with the Activation and/or the entry process.

  3. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Nestlé is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer on-line systems, servers, or providers, computer software and/or equipment, failure of any e-mail account or any combination thereof.

  4. Nestlé will be entitled at its sole discretion and subject to any applicable law, to cancel, terminate, extend or suspend the Activation or to modify these Terms and Conditions at any time prior to the closing date.

  5. Nestlé shall not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever which is suffered (including but not limited to indirect or consequential loss) or for any death or personal injury suffered or sustained as a consequence of participation in the Activation, except for any liability which cannot be excluded by law.

  6. Participant, to the fullest extent permitted by law, hereby releases Nestlé, and all persons or corporations associated directly or indirectly with the Activation from any and/or all claims, demands and proceedings whatsoever arising out of:

  1. their participation in the Activation;
  2. any breach of these Terms and Conditions;
  3. non-receipt of the prize due to  force majeure;
  4. use of the prize;
  5. non-issuance of visa; and/or
  6. denial of entry into Singapore.
  1. This release and indemnity extends to and includes Nestlé, its parent company and its related bodies corporate, and its respective directors, officers, agents, contractors, employees and sponsors associated with or which is involved directly or indirectly with the Activation. This release and indemnity continues forever and binds the Participants' heirs, executors, personal representatives and assigns.

Any questions, comments or complaints regarding this Activation must be directed to our Care Center, contact details are as follows:

email: carecenter@nestle-family.com

UAE & KSA “toll free”: 8008 971971

Jordan: +96265902998  

Lebanon: +961-4548595

Qatar: +974-44587688

Bahrain: +973-17810902

Oman: +968-22033446

Other Countries +9714- 810 0000

Jurisdiction And Governing Law

By participating in this Activation, the Participant submits to the jurisdiction of the courts of Dubai for any and all actions or claims in any way related to this Activation and expressly agree that such actions or claims are subject to the laws and regulations of the United Arab Emirates.

Intellectual Property Rights:

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