Heating up the kitchen

2015-12-22 06:00
 Photo: supplied Meryl Erasmus with Jenna Gertenbach and Georgia Pollock.

Photo: supplied Meryl Erasmus with Jenna Gertenbach and Georgia Pollock.

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THE ‘Cooking Kids’ Mini Chef Competition was held at Meryl’s School of Cooking with 15 eager chefs making flat bread with a Greek cucumber dip on day one, gammon pies using homemade pastry plus a side salad garnish on day two and Christmas custard slices on the last day.

Each day a ‘celebrity’ chef tasted the dishes and chose the winning team. Well known physiotherapist, Debbie Cameron, judged the first day followed by environmental science student, Stuart Patterson, on day two.

The last day’s competition was judged by Taryn Murdey of ‘Under an African Sky’ and the director of CROW, Claire Hodgkinson.

‘Under an African Sky’ is a local voluntary association, started by Compass Medical Waste Services, which has produced the 2016 ‘Contrasts of Africa’ wildlife calendar to raise much needed funds for Durban-based wildlife rehabilitation centre, CROW.

The A2 wall calendars and CD size desk calendars are available from Meryl’s School of Cooking, 1 Wingfield Road Kloof, for R170 and R50 respectively.

The judging was based on presentation, taste, team work and the cleanliness of the working surfaces. New skills were learnt and great fun was had by all.

“I would like to thank all four judges for giving up their time to make the ‘Cooking Kids’ Mini Chef Competition even more enjoyable for the children. The little chefs were so excited when they arrived and made a special effort to impress the judges. A different team won each day and all participants did a fantastic job,’’ said Meryl Erasmus of Meryl’s School of Cooking.

For more information on Meryl’s School of Cooking please email meryl@merylschoolofcooking.co.za

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