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.

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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

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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

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