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Call for entries: Young Chef Scholarship 2021

Metro and Sanpellegrino are on the hunt for Auckland's best young chef.

Call for entries: Young Chef Scholarship 2021

Jul 14, 2021 Restaurants

Metro is proud to announce that it is partnering with Sanpellegrino to launch the first Metro Sanpellegrino Young Chef Scholarship 2021, in recognition of talented emerging Auckland chefs, and in association with Metro’s annual Restaurant of the Year event, which celebrates the city’s Top 50 restaurants.

This scholarship aims to reward a young chef who has already demonstrated a dedication to their craft, alongside a readiness to grow their career within Auckland’s diverse culinary scene. 

The winner will receive a minimum of 2 weeks’ work experience across New Zealand and Australia’s leading restaurants, in consultation with the winning chef; 

$5,000NZD cash to cover flights and accommodation; 

and a feature in the Summer 2021/22 issue of Metro, including publication of the winning recipe.


To enter, you must:

— be under 30 years old

— been working full time in an Auckland restaurant(s) as a sous chef, chef de cuisine or chef de partie or commis for at least 1 year before the application, not necessarily in the same restaurant for the whole period.

Applications will require a submitted CV, recipe which showcases your culinary identity, and a personal statement on your approach to food. Applications close on Sunday 8 August, 11.59pm.


Finalists will be decided upon by Metro and Sanpellegrino and announced on Monday 16 August. 

All finalists will be invited as guests to our Restaurant of the Year awards night, to take place on Monday 23 August, where the winner will be announced and presented with an award.

To apply, please fill out the application form here.

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