2014 Unilever Food Solutions Chef of the Year

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2014 COTY - logoIf you are like me, and you enjoy watching reality television shows like “Master Chef South Africa” and “Top Chef” then you will be interested to know that Unilever will be live streaming their Chef of the Year competition from their Unilever Food Solutions kitchens in Durban. image006Finalists were selected after mystery-basket cook-offs in Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town. Entrants were required to prepare a starter, main course and dessert for the judges, resulting in six competitors in the Junior and Senior categories of the competition. Finalists in three remaining categories, namely Creative Canapés, Confectionary Showcase and Team of 4 – Bring Your Best, were selected by means of written entries.

The names of the contestants competing looks very impressive. I must admit that I did not recognise the individual’s names. Although, after noticing the names of the different restaurants some of the contestants work for, I expect to see the creation of amazing looking dishes on Thursday, 11 September from 08h00 until 15h00, using the following Youtube link: http://www.unileverfoodsolutions.co.za/promotions/COTY_BPS/COTY_Live_Feed

Below is a video of last year’s live broadcast finals.

I am sorry, but as an experienced video editing professional, I have to mention the bad music selection in this video. Please people, you must use the camera location sound in your edit. It is unnatural for a viewer to see people cooking and using cooking utensils without hearing the sound it creates.

Below are the names of the finalists competing on Thursday, 11 September 2014.

Senior finalists who will be competing for the sought-after cash prizes of R15 000 for first place, R10 000 for second place and R5 000 for third place are:
·         Hanno Van Eeden from Sheraton Hotel Pretoria
·         Mluleki from Radisson Blu Sandton
·         Germaine Clarence Esau from Delaire Graff Estate
·         Sven Samuel Adams from Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
·         Jade Van Der Spuy from 1000 Hills Chefs School
·         Xavier Francis from Oyster Box Hotel

Junior finalists competing for the R10 000 first prize, R 6 000 second prize and R4 000 third prize are:
·         Samantha Jones from Hilton Hotel Sandton
·         Kirsten Howell from Saxon Hotel
·         Samantha Holtman from 1000 Hills Chefs School
·         Candice Jordan from Fusion
·         Amoré Botha from 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa
·         Michaela van der Merwe from 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa

Creative Canapés finalists, with a first prize of R7 000, second prize of R2 000 and third prize of R1 000 are:
·         (Goo) Ekkanut Imthawin from Hilton Durban
·         Samantha Lloyd from The Taj in Cape Town
·         Mpho Malaka from Raddison Blu Gautrain
·         Sylvia Thobile Ntsindane from Quills Deli
·         Thobekile  Ntetha from Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani
·         Yatish Bipulprasad from FEDICS

Confectionery Showcase finalists, with a first prize of R7 000, second prize of R2 000 and third prize of R1 000 are:
·         Larissa Chevonne Pillay from The Oyster Box
·         Nathan Jacobs from The 12 Apostles
·         Wonda Grobbelaar from Chocolat te Gateaux
·         Kevyn Bradley Buys from Capsicum Culinary Studio
·         Skhumbuzo Maphanga from Durban ICC
·         Thabani  Magubane from Quills Deli

Bring Your Best Team of Four, with a first prize of R 20 000, second prize of R12 000, and R8 000 third prize are:
·         Harvey’s Restaurant
·         Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani
·         Holiday Inn Sandton Rivonia
·         Raddison Blu Gautrain
·         Hilton Hotel Sandton
·         Compass
·         Western Province Caterers

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