Chef of the Year Competition Back

Once again the Polytechnic Hotel School training kitchen will be the venue for the annual Chef of the Year competition.

The event will see professional and amateur chefs compete in two different categories, the senior category for chefs with more than five years experience and the junior category for chefs with less than five years experience.

This year’s challenge will require the chefs to cook from a mystery basket. After opening the basket, the chefs will have 30 minutes to put together their menu. Most importantly, all the ingredients in the basket have to be used in the one or other way in the menu. The results will be judged according to the WACS (World Association of Chef Societies) rules.

There will be a total of 21 junior chefs battling it out and 15 senior chefs (with more than five years experience). This is a record number of contestants, especially in the junior category. These contestants will be judged on mise en place, hygiene, product waste and professional preparation, item composition and portioning, presentation and taste.

The winner of the senior category will represent Namibia in the 2015 Semi-Finals for Africa and the Middle East, an international competition for chefs worldwide. The junior chef winner, as long as heshe is under the age of 23 by June, will also represent Namibia in the Hans-Bueschkens Junior Chefs Competition of WACS.

Every year judges from South Africa come in to assess the Namibian competitors and this year will be no different with Arnold Tanzer, former MasterChef South Africa Judge coming in for this event. Tanzer is also the founder and owner of Eat 360, a pop-up restaurant in inner city Johannesburg.

Other judges of the competition will be chief lecturer Polytechnic Hotel School Ralf Herrgott and Catherine Craib, a chef from Australia.

Starting on Tuesday, 24 June, the competition will run until 25 June and will run from 07h00 until 18h30 on both days.

The competition will end with a prize-giving ceremony and a gala dinner cooked by our chefs from South Africa and our locally well-known chefs on the evening of the 26 June from 18h30. This will take place at the Polytechnic Hotel School.

Source : The Namibian