Chefs who share – Young Chef Award


The seven finalists in the inaugural `Chefs who share – Young Chef Award’ have been announced after their innovative canapé creations earned them a spot in the star-studded kitchen of the black-tie charity gala ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’, to take place in the Cape Town City Hall on Thursday 10 September 2015. The award is an inspiring new initiative that sets out to showcase and nurture South Africa’s young culinary talent, with the seven finalists having this once in a lifetime opportunity to join their idols on the night and gain exposure to a high-profile audience – with one of them also in line to earn a dream trip to Europe.

The Finalists
Majeka House, Makaron Restaurant, Stellenbosch
Germaine Esau, Sous Chef
Canapé entry: ‘Beef in the vines under African skies’

La Motte, Pierneef à la Motte Restaurant, Franschhoek
Marisa Botes, Pastry Chef de Partie
Canapé entry: ‘Small & In-between’

Delaire Graff Estate, Indochine Restaurant, Stellenbosch
Ludwig van Biljon, Demi Chef de Partie
Canapé entry: ‘Singaporean Laksa panna cotta’

Grande Roche Hotel, Bosman’s Restaurant, Paarl
Etienne Wessels, Chef de Partie
Canapé entry: ‘Motion of the ocean’

The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Somerset West
Edna Visser, Commis Chef
Canapé entry: ‘The land, the sea & the sky’

Grootbos Private Nature Reserve, Red Indigo Restaurant, Hermanus
Jamie-lee Saunders, Commis chef
Canapé entry: ‘Pink peppercorn macaroon with duck liver pâté and candied apples’

Hartford House, Mooi River, KwaZulu-Natal
Anand Bhana, Demi Chef de Partie
Canapé entry: ‘Ocean Adventure’

The Jury
The jury for the 2015 ‘Chefs who share – Young Chef Award’ comprises an expert panel of food specialists, who sifted through the over 40 high-quality entries to establish, amidst often heated discussion, the seven finalists. They are:

Lentswe Bhengu – South African ambassador of the ‘Chefs who share – Young Chef Award’, chef and TV personality
Tracey Younghusband – Private chef and food consultant
Carianne Wilkinson – Vice Principal of Silwood School of Cookery
Tessa Purdon – Editor of Food24.com
Naz Moosa – Cooking celebrity
Florian Gast – Editorial Director of Opulent Living Magazine and co-founder of ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’

About the Award
‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ has, in a short amount of time, become a not-to-be-missed event, drawing top chefs, sommeliers, artists, guests and contributors from across the country and raising almost R4 million for charity. Bringing together 14 of South Africa’s best chefs is at the core of ‘Chefs who share’. On the night of the gala, the chefs work in seven teams of two, plus a dedicated sommelier, with each duo creating its own unique four-course menu for 36 guests. The event organisers are now taking the concept one step further with the `Chefs who share – Young Chef Award’. The country’s 75 top restaurants were invited to put forward their most talented and promising young chefs (aged between 18 – 29 years and working in a position ranging from demi chef to junior sous chef), who are keen to fast-track their careers and make a name for themselves.

The aim of the ‘Chefs who share – Young Chef Award’ is to find fresh culinary talent, give them opportunities, inspire them and help them to develop their skills. The chosen finalists will be working with South Africa’s culinary elite on the night, who will act as role models and mentors for the emerging kitchen stars.

To enter the award, the up-and-coming chefs had to create an innovative canapé that will be served together with a glass of Moët & Chandon Impérial as a culinary highlight at the ‘Chefs who share’ gala evening. They finalists will now meet in Cape Town, where they will each be given a spot in the event kitchen and will get to work alongside their kitchen heroes. ‘Chefs who share’ will cover travel expenses and accommodation in the city, and will present finalists with an exciting three-day programme during their stay.

To further enhance this once-off opportunity, the young chefs will be mentored by Swiss chef and Swiss International Air Lines brand ambassador Reto Mathis, who will act as International Patron for the Young Chef Award. The celebrated chef is the founder and head of Mathis Food Affairs and owns a number of acclaimed gastronomic establishments in Corviglia, St Moritz, in Switzerland’s Engadin region. He specialises in refined yet traditional Swiss cuisine and is best known for La Marmite, Europe’s highest altitude gourmet restaurant located at a staggering 2,486m, which is famous for its truffle and caviar specialities. Says Mathis: ‘It’s a great honour for me to be associated with ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of giving’ and the exciting new ‘Young Chef Award’. I look forward to visiting Cape Town in September and to be mentoring the seven finalists. What an incredible opportunity for these young kitchen ingénues to work alongside 14 of South Africa’s most acclaimed chefs! It will be a wonderful experience for all involved.’

On the night of the ‘Chefs who share’ gala on 10 September, Mathis and the 14 participating South African chefs will vote for and announce the overall winner of the ‘Young Chef Award’ 2015. The young champion’s prize includes a trip to Europe, courtesy of Swiss International Air Lines, where he or she will have the opportunity to spend several days cooking in a Michelin-starred restaurant, while also gaining invaluable advice from the restaurant’s executive chef. In addition, the winning young chef will be invited by Moët & Chandon to visit its headquarters in Épernay, in the heart of France’s Champagne region. The Champagne house will host the winner overnight, and will present him or her with a VIP tour of the Maison, as well as the opportunity to participate in a workshop with a member of the Moët & Chandon winemaking committee and a resident chef. The experience will no doubt inspire the young chef to create perfect food and wine pairings and memorable dining experiences for his or her guests in years to come.

Sponsors and Charities
‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ will be presented by Mercedes-Benz and associate sponsors Deutsche Bank, Swiss International Air Lines, Bulgari, Chocolat Frey and the Century City Conference Centre, plus hospitality partner Taj Cape Town. As in previous years, 100% of the money raised at ‘Chefs who share – the ART of giving’ via ticket sales, as well as all proceeds from the auction, will go to two charities, carefully chosen by the organisers: the Make A Difference Leadership Foundation and Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. In the last two years the event raised close to R4 million for this good cause.
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