Junior Chefs rise to occasion

2015-07-15 06:00
SPAR Junior Chef winner Kirsty Kramer (centre) and runners-up Paige Black (left) and Sihle Jacobs show off their pizza creations at the cook-off.


SPAR Junior Chef winner Kirsty Kramer (centre) and runners-up Paige Black (left) and Sihle Jacobs show off their pizza creations at the cook-off. Photo: HUGO STUDIO

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

A TRIO of 12-year-old culinary contestants showed they could take the heat in The Pastryworks kitchens as they faced off in an intense two-round cook-off for the SPAR Junior Chef competition on Thursday.

The three finalists – Lorraine Primary’s Paige Black, Kirsty Kramer of Erica Girls’ Primary and Greenwood Primary’s Sihle Jacobs – rose to the occasion as they baked the recipes that saw them chosen from a host of impressive entries.

Paige made lemon meringue tartlets, served with rose-carved strawberries and a confection of caramelised sugar.

Kirsty wielded the chef’s knife like a pro, ensuring that the nuts for her chocolate fudge cake were chopped to perfection.

Not afraid to get her hands dirty, Sihle delivered scrumptious Bar-One biscuits decorated with sliced strawberries and served with a drizzle of melted chocolate.

Chef Kevin Gouws assisted his focused young charges where necessary, while their proud parents were only allowed to watch from the sidelines.

SPAR Eastern Cape’s Roseann Shadrach and Debadene Baatjies helped him to judge the beautifully presented results.

In the decisive second round, the girls had to make a mystery dish, which turned out to be “build-a-pizza”, with a twist of their own creative flair. Paige chose a combination of onions, mushrooms, smoked chicken, cheese, avocado and rocket for her signature pizza.

Sihle’s effort was a simple pairing of tomato, bacon and extra cheese with a dash of barbecue sauce.

But it was Kirsty’s meat-lovers’ pizza with a sweet chilli sauce and thyme base and two-cheese topping that saw her take the cake - and the overall win.

She won a R5 000 shopping voucher for her efforts, with Paige and Sihle taking second and third, and a R1 000 and R500 voucher, respectively

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.