Plate of Namibia Finalists Announced

The finalists for Team Namibia’s Plate of Namibia cooking competition were announced on Tuesday in Windhoek.

These amateur cooks were selected by the Namibian Chefs Association (NCA) for their impressive culinary abilities and creative approach to the Plate of Namibia seafood challenge.

Contestants were required to submit their uniquely Namibian recipes for a three-course menu featuring seafood, using only Team Namibia ingredients. These selected finalists demonstrated the diversity of Namibian cuisine in their entries.

Chantel Kesslau (18), Heidi Sudwischer (22), Kieran Hayward (22), Meraai Kruger (27), Ndapewa Ithana (35) and Raj Rallan (45) from Windhoek as well as Jocelyn Fordred (42) from Brakwater and Jacqueline do Rego (28) from Swakopmund.

Each finalist received a N$1000 voucher from Pick n Pay Namibia to purchase their Team Namibia ingredients for the finals, as well as Team Namibia aprons, recipe books from the Namibian Fish Consumption Promotion Trust, tickets to the Namibia Food and Wine Festival and condiments from Desert Hills.

To highlight Team Namibia’s core principle of the strength of working together, this year’s Plate of Namibia’s finalists will cook-off in teams to compete for the coveted prizes. As an added bonus, each team will be assigned a professional chef to mentor and cook with them in the finals.

Winning masterpieces will compete for a share of prizes worth N$65 000 in front of a panel of celebrity judges consisting of Ralf Herrgott, Fortune Kangueehi and David Thomas.

Namibians are invited to come and watch the steam rise at the Plate of Namibia finals held at the Namibia Food and Wine Festival on Friday, 4 April, at the NamPower Convention Centre, starting at 18h00. Tickets are available at Computicket.

Source : The Namibian