What a lovely afternoon I spent as part of the #DineJoziStyle social media collective on 29 October 2015 at the UJ School of Hospitality which played host to the Unilever Master your Passion Mentorship Movement Competition.
Five finalists participated in a mystery basket cook-off to determine the winner of the top prize of an international culinary experience in London worth more than R50,000. The person who nominated the winning chef wins a South African getaway worth R10 000 (as did all the mentoring chefs).
The five finalists were each assigned a number and the judges performed blind judging based only on the number (and, of course the presentation skills and taste of the dishes):
It was interesting to note that a lot of the comments made by the various members of the #DineJoziStyle social media collective were echoed in the judges comments to the young chefs – things like portion sizes, under-cooked food, separate additional sauce (a huge plus for the sauce lovers) and overly fussy presentation.
Moira de Swardt
Unilever have been sponsoring this competition in South Africa for three years now. It was started worldwide, but really took off in South Africa. It gives young chefs the opportunity to spend time with a top South African chef who mentors them, helping them to master their passion.
It was fascinating meeting Remco Bol, the Dutch born, Durban based MD of Unilever Food Solutions South Africa who made the inevitable, but true, comment about each finalist gaining invaluable insight and knowledge from their sessions with world-class mentoring chefs that will stand them in excellent stead for many years to come.
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