Trafford’s chef 2nd in junior chef category

2015-09-14 12:54
Kayla-Ann Osborn, head chef at Trafford’s Fine Dining Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg, was placed second in the Junior Chef of the Year category at the Unilever Food Solutions Chef of the Year 2015 competition.
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Kayla-Ann Osborn, head chef at Trafford’s Fine Dining Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg, was placed second in the Junior Chef of the Year category at the Unilever Food Solutions Chef of the Year 2015 competition. PHOTO: supplied

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Pietermaritzburg - Kayla-Ann Osborn — you may recognise her name from the delectable recipes you read about in The Witness Explore pages, or perhaps recognise her as the head chef at the local fine dining eatery, Trafford’s.

Either way, Osborn has put her and Trafford’s name on the map, yet again, with her latest achievement — being placed second in the Junior Chef of the Year category at the Unilever Food Solutions Chef of the Year 2015 competition.

The competition, celebrating its 40th year, took place on Thursday in Durban. The cook-off yielded a plethora of ideas and dishes, produced by the cream of the crop.

“I had so much fun, learnt so much and met great people. It was very exciting being a finalist and being placed second. I got to meet top chefs and internationally accredited judges — the big names who formed the backbone in the industry — before celebrity chefs — who have led the way,” she said. The junior category that she was a finalist in, is for chefs under the age of 25.

“There were four generations of chefs at the competition — the experienced big names who shaped the industry, the current chefs, the up-and-coming chefs and the chef school students. It was really nice to network with everyone and meet other young chefs,” she added.

Osborne trained at Thousand Hills Chef School for a year where she got the grounding needed to become a head chef. She then had to teach herself the tricks of the trade to get ahead of the game.

“I kept researching to move forward and try new things — like learning how to make cheese, cured meats and pastries,” she said.

Her passion and motivation however, stems from long before her years of professional training.

“I started cooking at the age of five. I used to help my grandmother in the kitchen — she used to teach me and eventually let me cook on my own. She motivated me to become a chef. Her food is still the best and when I go home, I only want her food,” said Osborn.

Osborn joined Trafford’s Fine Dining Restaurant in 2013. The place was recently awarded the American Express Platinum Award for Fine Dining — one of 10 newcomers in the country.

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