If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen!
Clearly, the competitors at this year's Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) Chef of the Year challenge at Umhlanga Rocks in KwaZulu-Natal can take it -- and they're not giving up the fight for the coveted title any time soon!
Seven senior chefs and Seven junior chefs are going head to head to determine who will be crowned the chef of the year in the two categories.
“You got to have a lot of practice and create a plate that is harmonious,” says chef Garth Shnier a member of the World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS), and one of today’s judges.
The UFS Chef of the Year is the oldest culinary competition in the country and has been running for over 40 years.
“This is a very good platform for chefs to get recognised and to excel their career,” he says.
Chefs are required to use Unilever Food Solutions Products to create a starter, main course and dessert. The junior category includes chefs between the ages of 18 and 24 years old and senior chefs need to be 25 years and older. Each chef gets three hours to prepare their dishes.
“Our mandate is to work together with chefs, to get to know them and the challenges they face, and to find solutions that will make their lives easier in their kitchens,” says Remco Bol, MD of Unilever Food Solutions South Africa.
In the senior chef category R 20 000 cash prize can be won by the chef of the year. R10 000 for second place and R5 000 for third place. Junior chefs can win R15 000 for first, R 7000 for second and R5000 for third place.
The winners will be announced tonight at the award ceremony. Watch this space for more!