Chef Vusumuzi Ndlovu wins S.Pellegrino Young Chef Africa and Middle East Semifinal
October 16, 2017
Chef Vusumuzi to represent Africa and Middle East region at the grand finale in Milan next year
Dubai, 17th October, 2017 – Following a day of outstanding performances by ten most talented rising chefs from Africa and Middle East, Chef Vusumuzi Ndlovu has been announced the winner of the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2018 Africa and Middle East semifinal, and will advance to the global finals round to take place in May of 2018 in Milan, Italy.
With his dish titled ‘Isicupho’, Sous Chef Vusumuzi from The Saxon Hotel Villas and SPA finished ahead of nine other local semi-finalists, all hand-selected by ALMA, the world’s leading international educational and training centre for Italian cuisine.
The regional challenge took place on Monday the 16th of October 2017 at The International Centre for Culinary Arts, a world-class culinary training centre in Dubai. A distinguished jury of chefs, including Sascha Triemer, Marthinus Ferreira and Dominique Grel representing Dubai, South Africa and Mauritius respectively, tasted and evaluated each of the semi-finalists prepared signature dishes based on their adherence to the competition’s five “Golden Rules”: ingredients, skill, genius, beauty and message.
Alongside Sous Chef Vusumuzi, other regional semifinalists were Chef Aditya Kumar Jha from Tamba Abu Dhabi, Chef Mario Christianto from The Exchange Grill Restaurant in Dubai and Chef Nigel Lobo at The Eloquent Elephant, Sous Chef Jorge Alexis Falcon Valera from Cantina Kahlo in Bahrain; and from South Africa Chef de Partie Ianca Stryom at The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Chef de Partie Garth Rauben Heimer, The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Sous Chef Georgios Spandos from Palm Hotel & Spa, Chef de Partie Paul Prinsloo at The Restaurant at Waterkloof, Chef Sheldon Raju from Sheldon Raju Cosultancy in South Africa.
Commenting, jury member Sascha Triemer, Vice President, Food & Beverage - Atlantis, The Palm said: “We are pleased to see a fierce competition put up by the semifinalists. While cooking in a challenging environment, the chefs employed interesting variances of techniques and ingredients; and played well with textures and combinations. They also demonstrated higher levels of creativity, which is reflective in the inspiration behind selecting their dishes. Congratulations to Chef Vusumuzi on representing the region at the final event, and to the semifinalists who competed with exceptional attributes.”
He added, “S.Pellegrino Young Chef Award provides young chefs with a great platform for exchanging ideas and sharing knowledge while developing competencies. Undoubtedly, exposing young chefs to a competition of this caliber is extremely crucial for their professional growth in a highly competitive F&B industry.”
Luca Antonelli, Area Manager – Middle East, S.Pellegrino said: “This year, we received a record number of applications from Africa & Middle East region. This testifies that S.Pellegrino Young Chef Award continues to prove a fantastic platform for the young chefs to show their talent and benefit from valuable visibility and training. At S.Pellegrino, we believe that talented young chefs are truly capable of making their mark in the industry, and we are truly committed to supporting them in realizing their full potential.”
The local competitions round will continue to December 2017, where semi-finalists from across the world will compete for a chance to move on to the global finals in Milan. By the end of December 2017, 21 Young Chefs will be announced as official finalists, who will each be assigned a “Mentor Chef” from their regional jury. The Mentor Chefs will support the young chefs leading up to the Grand Finale, providing them guidance on how to improve their signature dishes.
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