Who will be our chef of the year?
It's that time again, when chefs from around the country will pit their olives and muster their mustards to see who will triumph in our annual culinary contest
THE 2012 Sunday Times Chef of the Year competition, in association with Foodcorp, presents challenges that test skill, dexterity and imagination in the kitchen.
The Sunday Times launched the Food Awards in 2007, and every year the number of entries and level of skills have risen, making this one of South Africa's most coveted titles. This year the categories have shifted slightly to encompass a range of ages and stages of expertise.
All entrants must be resident in South Africa and must submit an original menu reflective of modern South African cuisine, using ingredients from a specified list (see entry forms), including full recipes and a photograph of each dish.
*CHEF OF THE YEAR (first prize R50000, second R15000, third R5000) is open to professional chefs over 30.
*YOUNG CHEF OF THE YEAR (first prize R20000, second R5000, third R2000) is open to qualified chefs between 25 and 30.
*JUNIOR CHEF OF THE YEAR (first prize R10000, second R2000, third R1000) is open to qualified chefs under 25.
*STALWART OF THE KITCHEN (first prize R10000, plus R1000 for each finalist) is open to cooks and chefs over the age of 35 who have never entered a competition before.
This is for those whose work forms the backbone of the kitchen. They do not need a professional qualification.
HEAD JUDGE: Andrew Atkinson (executive chef at Michelangelo Hotel and MasterChef SA judge)
KITCHEN JUDGE: Arnold Tanzer (Sunday Times Chef of the Year in 2008 and culinary producer for MasterChef SA)
Hilary Biller, editor, Sunday Times Food Weekly; Jackie Cameron, executive chef at Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal; Michael le Borgne, executive chef at Foodcorp's Innovation Centre, The 7th Floor; Reuben Riffel, chef patron of Reuben's Restaurant, Franschhoek; Andrew Unsworth, editor of Sunday Times Travel Weekly.
HOW TO ENTER:
. Entries must be received by Friday September 14 2012.
. Finalists will be notified by Friday September 21.
. The finals will take place at The 7th Floor, Foodcorp's Innovation Centre, from October 2 to 4.
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