1. Contestant profiles
1.1 Kitchen contestantsâ€™ profiles
- Contestants must be chefs studying for levels 3 and 4.
- They must be currently studying a level-3 (including level 3 partial qualifications) or 4 programme accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; or in a level-4 work-based (BBL) Specialist Restaurant Chef training programme; or in a level-3/4 Independent Chef training programme.
- Kitchen contestants must possess the technical skills as described in the learning materials series for trainee chefs.
- They must have good communication and listening skills, and reasonable writing skills in English or Dutch.
1.2 Wait staff contestants' profile
- Contestants must be trainee hosts/hostesses studying for levels 3 and 4.
- They must be currently studying a level-3 (including level 3 partial qualifications) or 4 programme accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science; or in a level-4 work-based (BBL) Specialist Restaurant host/hostess training programme; or in a level-3/4 Independent host/hostess training programme.
- Wait staff contestants must possess the technical skills as described in the learning materials series for trainee hosts/hostesses.
- They must have good communication and listening skills, and reasonable writing skills in Dutch or English.
2. Contest committee
The contest committee for the cooking discipline will consist of representatives from the Guild of Dutch Master Chefs and the Gastronomy Guild, and other industry representatives.
Tasks of the contest committee
- 2.1 Assessing and setting contest challenges and assessment criteria;
- 2.2 Creating a support base for the contest within the hospitality industry in general, and within organizations in particular.
3. Panel profile
- Judges of Future Talents must be representative of the industry.
- They may have earned the title of â€˜Master Chefâ€™ from the Foundation for Professional Competence in Hospitality (SVH Meesterkok), be a â€˜masterfulâ€™ chef or master host/hostess, have competition experience, be prepared to work on the development of subsequent contest challenges, and/or evaluation of existing challenges, and if so, must be available to discuss the challenges beforehand.
- 4.1 Contest registration runs via the schools and teaching staff.
- 4.2 One month before the competition, the contestants will receive a running sheet with information on the challenges and the programme setup; technical, social, and communication skills, personal presentation (clothing, grooming, etc.), personal hygiene, creativity, organization, originality, workspace cleanup, industrial hygiene, and safety.
- 4.3 Contestants accept responsibility for their own ingredients and materials.
- 4.4 The judgesâ€™ decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.
5. Code of conduct
- 5.1 Contestants in Future Talents shall wear presentable clothing and maintain a groomed appearance, i.e. chefâ€™s trousers, jacket, apron, neck scarf, chefâ€™s hat, and closed-toed shoes.
- 5.2 Contestants must be present at the time specified in the information pack.
- 5.3 Contestants must leave their workspaces in the same condition in which they were encountered at the start of the contest.
- 5.4 Contestants are responsible for returning all materials issued to them by the organization.
- 5.5 Contestants are liable for all damage suffered by themselves or third parties due to their own actions inside the building in which the contest takes place.
- 5.6 Neither the contest committee nor the judging panel may be held liable for any damage resulting from their involvement in any capacity whatsoever in the contest or any associated activities, unless such damage can be attributed to gross negligence or intent.
6. Food safety
- 6.1 When preparing ingredients, participants must observe the statutory provisions applicable to the preparation, handling, and storage of food and drink (HACCP) at all times.
7. Concluding provisions
- 7.1 The running sheet shall constitute an inextricable part of these regulations.
- 7.2 Future Talents contestants may be photographed during their participation in the contest. The organization reserves the right to use these images for publication.
- 7.3 Video footage may be taken during the contest that may be broadcast online.
- 7.4 Any situations not provided for by these regulations will be brought by the contest committee before the Board of the Foundation, who will decide on the matter.
- 7.5 These regulations shall come into force on 1 April 2012.
By participating in â€˜Future Talentsâ€™, participants automatically agree to the above regulations.