Team SA brings home the silverware at this year's Culinary Olympics
Culinary Team South Africa has done the country proud in the IKA Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany, having won one gold medal, one silver medal, seven bronze medals and two diplomas in a competition that has become tougher than ever before.
Both Culinary Team South Africa and the Military Culinary Team battled it out from 5 to 10 October at the world’s largest and most prestigious gastronomic competition.
The team won gold in category D2 Sugar Showpiece (an individual entry by Peter Gyorgyicsek), a silver medal in the Senior Hot Kitchen category and bronze medals in the Junior Cold Table, Junior Hot Kitchen and Senior Cold Table.
Individual entrants, Edward Clegg and Jerome Norton secured bronze medals for their Cold Table entries, while Zola Luwaca and Siyabulela Kobo were awarded diplomas for their Cold Table individual entries.
“I am extremely happy to win this award. I have been preparing for months and have even slept on the floor of my kitchen every weekend to truly prepare for the long hours and hard work of the IKA Culinary Olympics. I was prepared to do everything possible for the medal. I visualised every single step that I had to take and every single thing I needed to do; I feel extremely rewarded for my efforts,” said Peter Gyorgyicsek.
Out of 32 countries participating in Senior Hot Kitchen category, South Africa was among the teams that obtained a silver medal. 14 silver medals in total were awarded in this category.
"I am very proud of the Junior Team who has only been together as a team for 18 months prior to competing. After we put out our Cold Table it was a surreal experience to see it laid out – it did not feel like it was ours! In all a very humbling experience and I am happy that we are going home with medals,” said Junior Team Captain, Keiron Reynolds.
GOLD MEDAL – Sugar Showpiece, individual entry by Peter Gyorgyicsek
SILVER MEDAL – Senior Hot Kitchen
BRONZE MEDAL – Junior Hot Kitchen
BRONZE MEDAL – Junior Cold Table
BRONZE MEDAL – Senior Cold Table
BRONZE MEDAL – Cold Table, individual entry by Jerome Norton
BRONZE MEDAL – Cold Table, individual entry by Edward Clegg
DIPLOMA – Cold Table, individual entry by Zola Luwaca
DIPLOMA – Cold Table, individual entry by Siyabulela Kobo
Our South African Military Culinary Team also won two bronze medals