The winner of S.Pellegrino Young Chef Africa and Middle East was announced at a ceremony on Monday evening
Chef Vusumuzi Ndlovu (pictured second left) has won S.Pellegrino Young Chef Africa and Middle East. The competition was held at ICCA Dubai and saw nine chefs gather to compete from around the region. Winning the Africa and Middle East heat means Chef Vusumuzi will go forward to the international S.Pellegrino Young Chef competition held in Milan next summer. The 2018 competition will see 21 winners from all over the world compete to win the title of international S.Pellegrino Young Chef.
Competitors in S.Pellegrino Young Chef Africa and Middle East:
Alongside Sous Chef Vusumuzi, other regional semifinalists were Chef Aditya Kumar Jha from Tamba Abu Dhabi, Chef Mario Christianto from The Exchange Grill Restaurant in Dubai and Chef Nigel Lobo at The Eloquent Elephant, Sous Chef Jorge Alexis Falcon Valera from Cantina Kahlo in Bahrain; and from South Africa Chef de Partie Ianca Stryom at The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Chef de Partie Garth Rauben Heimer, The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Sous Chef Georgios Spandos from Palm Hotel & Spa, Chef de Partie Paul Prinsloo at The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Chef Sheldon Raju from Sheldon Raju Cosultancy in South Africa.
Chef Vusumuzi’s dish was titled “Isicupho” and was judged, along with the other competitors on five categories: ingredients, skill, genius, beauty and message.
The regional heats will continue until the end of December 2017, when the 21 finalists in the international compeition will be announced.
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