Proud of his “chickens”, chef Kobo and the junior national development team returned triumphant, bringing home a silver medal — a great honour for SA and apt as we celebrate our young talent on Youth Day.
Chef Kobo is never one to shy away from a challenge and speaking to him on their return, he said the competition was tough. For a chef whose aim it is to instil in young chefs the ability to overcome any challenge, participating in this competition really tested those skills. Kobo said there were many hoops and hurdles to jump, like adjusting to the high temperatures in the UAE having come from winter in SA.
“It was very tiring working in that heat giving us extra pressure,” he said. And dealing with a major crisis on the day of the competition when they discovered all the ingredients they had put together the day before had vanished. Kicking off, they found there was no oven in their kitchen and they had to juggle cooking with another team.