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The 2019 Unilever Food Solutions Chef of the Year finalists have been announced! Chefs presented their best dishes at the regional semi-finals in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban which were held on the 30th of July, 31st of July and the 1st August respectively.

Although the competition was stiff and standards exceptionally high, the judges were able to pick the following Chefs to compete for glory in the Chef of the Year finals, which will be held on the 12th of September 2019 at the Unilever Food Solutions’ head office in La Lucia, Durban.
 

SENIOR & JUNIOR FINALISTS

From KwaZulu-Natal:

The Junior finalists

  • Shaista Shantkumar Anoop
  •  Miencke Labuschagne

The Senior finalists

  • Siphiwo Dandala
  • Siphephelo Mtshali

From the Western Cape:

The Junior finalists

  • Bianca De Gois
  • Tiisetso Perseverance Matela

The Senior finalists

  • Francois Pieter Hugo
  • Bradley Louis Harry

From Gauteng:

The Junior finalists

  • Marcia Sabela
  • Timothy De Villiers

The Senior finalists

  • Thapelo Dollican Aphane
  • Sibanda Lesego Zacharia

HIGH TEA FINALISTS

From KwaZulu-Natal:

The finalists

  • The Gorge Private Game Lodge & Spa
  • Beverly Hills Hotel
  • The Oyster Box

From the Western Cape:

The finalists

  • Broughton Country Estate
  • Viande Restaurant

From Gauteng:

The finalists

  • Sun City Resort
  • Palazzo Tsogo Sun

TEAM OF 4 FINALISTS

From KwaZulu-Natal:

The finalists

  • Capitol
  • FEEDEM

From the Western Cape:

The finalists

  • IKAPA Caterers
  • Western Province Caterers

From Gauteng:

The finalists

  • CSG Food Solutions
  • SA Reserve Bank

TRIO OF DESSERTS FINALISTS

From KwaZulu-Natal:

The finalists

  • Joanita Venter
  • Zandria De Nobrega

From the Western Cape:

The finalists

  • Jade Benjamin

From Gauteng:

The finalists

  • Tamaryn Elizabeth Guild
  • Marco Gaspar
  • Catherine Noelle Adonis
  • Kanyanee Pin (Cherry)


OUR JUDGES

We’re excited to introduce the 2019 judges. Each with many years’ experience in their respective fields, our judges are some of South Africa’s finest and most respected Chefs.

SENIOR CHEF OF THE YEAR JUDGES

James Khoza
Executive Chef Sandton Sun

Tony Kocke
Executive Chef Fairmont Zimbali Resort

Wynand Schoeman
Executive Chef Grand West Casino and

JUNIOR CHEF OF THE YEAR JUDGES

Xanthos Giannakopoulos
Chef Business Consultant

Steven Lafountain
Executive Chef Katmandu

Oliver Reddy
Regional Executive Chef KZN

HIGH TEA JUDGES

Eric Berullier
Pastry Development Chef

Warren Frantz
Complex Executive Chef uShaka Marine World

Laurie Cooper Smorthwaite
KZN School of Wine

TEAM OF 4 JUDGES

Tapiwa Munyawiri
Manager at Yu Asian Restaurant

Ash Heeger
Chef Patron Riverine Rabbit World

Nardia Adams
Owner at Fudart

TRIO OF DESSERTS JUDGES

Jade Benians
Principal 1000 Hills Chefs School

Deon Kemp

Carol Ann Wich

KITCHEN JUDGES

Sean Weber
Director General Manager of Bravo Foods

Coovashan Pillay
Executive Chef Protea Hotel by Marriott®
O.R. Tambo Airport

Remco Bol, MD of Unilever Food Solutions SA, congratulated the finalists on making it so far.

“It seems that every year the competition gets tougher. Our Chef of the Year finalists always produce something special, which I think highlights the exceptional standards of the South African culinary industry. It’s exciting. Congratulations to our finalists – I am looking forward to seeing what you can do at the Finals.”

The Unilever Food Solutions Chef of the Year finals will see the top chefs in the Senior, Junior, Team of 4 and Plated Desserts Categories take home a total of R145 000 in prize money.