Appetite for Excellence 2019 National Finalists

Back in February, we spoke about the Appetite for Excellence program, highlighting its benefits to take your hospitality career to the next level. After a pedantic judging process from a written application to skills assessments, a series of panel and one-on-one interviews, the judges have chosen the finalists for each category.

The prestigious program is the ultimate national award which fosters the next generation of hospitality professionals. Established in 2005, Appetite for Excellence includes three different categories: Young Chef, Young Waiter, and Young Restaurateur.

Appetite for Excellence 2019 National Finalists 

As we’ve previously mentioned, two of our Humans of Hospo profiles have been involved with Appetite for Excellence including Kylie Javier Ashton (Momofuku Seiōbo), who was a judge in 2018 and now again in 2019 along with Brooke Adey (Chiswick, Bea), who has previously taken home the title of Young Waiter of the Year. Needless to say, participants and winners of the Appetite for Excellence program have continued to achieve excellence in their respective careers. The program provides the winners with networking opportunities, funding for professional purposes, flights overseas, and the opportunity to meet and work alongside some of the best in the industry.


This year, the finalists have been chosen by another prestigious panel made up of Australian hospitality leaders including Peter Gilmore, Jo Barrett, Gui Grossi, Luke Mangan, Dan Hunter, Kylie Javier Ashton, Dan Puskas, Danielle Gjestland, and more.

Without further hesitation, the National Finalists for the 2019 Appetite for Excellence program are:

 Appetite for Excellence 2019 National Finalists

The national finalists will take part in a three-day produce tour, where they have the opportunity to visit regional locations across New South Wales before returning to Sydney for the Appetite for Excellence Awards Ceremony on 6 August, when the winners will be announced.


Luke Mangan, co-founder of Appetite for Excellence notes, “The hospitality industry has been a big part of my life, so for me it’s important to give something back to the industry that has given me so much. Through Appetite for Excellence and the support of Australia’s hospitality industry leaders, we’re doing everything we can to educate and support our young up-and-coming industry professionals.”


For the full article and complete list of the 2019 national finalists, click here.

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About the author Carlyn Shaw

Drawing on 12 years of hospitality experience and coming from a Communications background, I am passionate about all things hospitality.


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