More than 3000 young chefs submitted their application together with their signature dish on http://www.finedininglovers.com to get a chance to participate in the S.Pellegrino Young Chef Awards 2015, the global scouting project to find the world’s best young chefs and 7 of our finest young South African chefs have made it through to phase 2 for the overall awards taking place in Milan, June 2015
All the valid applications, received by December 31th 2014, were divided into 20 regions*, according to the geographic area of origin, and ALMA, the world’s leading international educational and training centre for Italian Cuisine (www.alma.scuolacucina.it), selected the first 10 finalists for each region according to five Golden Rules: ingredients, skills, genius, beauty, message.
“It was a very hard task to select just so few finalists from so many interesting proposals – said Andrea Sinigaglia, ALMA General Manager– Having the opportunity to analyze original recipes created by young chefs from all over the world was a thrilling experience, and an incredible demonstration of just how much talent and love for fine food it is possible to find everywhere in the globe”.
SEVEN South Africans have made the the TOP TEN for Africa and The Middle East
1. Amoré Botha (South African) Chef de partie, Restaurant ’12 Apostles Hotel and Spa’
‘A Tropical Plate’
2. Angelo Scirocco (South African) Sous Chef, Restaurant ‘Chefs Warehouse’
‘Milk is Thicker than Water’
3. Constantijn Hahndiek (South African) Chef, ‘OSA restaurant’
‘Preparations of Quail’
4. Darren Badenhorst (South African) Chef, Restaurant ‘Grande Provence’
‘Parma Wrapped Slow Cooked Rabbit, Palm Sugar Szechuan Rabbit Liver Brulee, Pumpkin Seed Gremolata’
5. Katlego Sebastian Mlambo (South African) Sous Chef, ‘Rust en Vrede Restaurant’
‘Cape Coast Rock Pool’
6. Simone van der Merwe (South African) Sous Chef, ‘De Kloof Restaurant’
‘Down to Earth’
7. Vusi Ndlovu (South African) Sous Chef, Restaurant ‘Saxon Qunu Grill’
‘Angus Beef and Oysters with Charred Asparagus’
By the end of February, the 20 best local young chefs from each world region will be announced as the official finalists.
During this final round, each of the 20 finalists will be supported by a “Mentor Chef”, a global renowned cusine artist who will provide suggestions on how to improve their recipe and, more in general, to become a better chef.
David Higgs, the Executive Chef of Saxon Boutique Hotel in Johannesburg, is a multi-award winning Chef who is world-renowned for his exquisite and artistic dishes. David has been selected as the mentor for the San Pellegrino Young Chef Awards 2015representing Africa and Middle East in Milan, June 2015.
In 2003, David had won the title of ‘Young Chef of South Africa’ from the international society, Chaine de Rottisseurs. He thereafter began competing in various culinary competitions worldwide. He has further been nominated by Eat Out magazine as South Africa’s Best Chef amongst many other titles.
In June, during Expo Milano 2015, a jury of seven famous international chefs, “seven sages” like Gastón Acurio, Yannick Alléno, Massimo Bottura, Margot Janse, Yoshihiro Narisawa, Éric Ripert and Joan Roca, will elect the winner.
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* The chefs are featured above with the signature winning dish