Umhlali pupil finalist in Hirsch’s chef competition

2015-05-21 06:00
Organisers, judges and contestants at the Junior Super Chef Competition.
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Organisers, judges and contestants at the Junior Super Chef Competition. Photo: supplied

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UMHLALI Prep Grade 6 pupil Julie­ Blevin was the winner of the Ballito leg of the popular Hirsch’s and Defy Junior Super Chef competition held in the Hirsch Ballito showroom on 12 May.

Julie won a Defy hamper and hand blender, and will go on to compete in the regional finals of the competition that is being held at the East Coast Radio House and Garden Show on 3 July.

Ten contestants, ranging in age from eight to 13, battled it out.

They had to show off their cooking skills, using a mystery bag of products and cooked on a Snappy Chef induction plate and Defy microwave air oven to impress judges who included award- winning chef and owner of Harvey’s Restaurant, Andrew Draper, Kerry Eb well known for her baking skills and owner of Lemon Canary, Kevyn Bys owner of Cake Man Durban and Chef of the Year 2014/2015.

The competition was co-ordinated by the Hirsch’s team and Fine Young Cooks owner, Lewaine Von Alleman – who was proud of Julie as she is one of her past pupils.

Speaking on behalf of the judges, Draper said that he was impressed by the high standard of preparation and cooking.

“Their adaptability was incredible. These children are 100 steps ahead of us and a lot more sophisticated in their taste and cooking skills than we were at the same age. We were especially impressed with the sauces containing just the right amount of spices and flavouring. The contestants have really done themselves proud.”

Kim Blevin, Julie’s mother thanked Hirsch’s for “giving our children this wonderful opportunity to grow in confidence”.

“Thank you too for all the effort that went into making this competition possible. There was a lot of preparation involved and well done, it worked like clockwork.”

Second place went to 13-year-old Kaitlyn Damant from Ashton School. IN third place was Benjamin Pilz, an Umhlali pupil

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