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February 2012


It was wooden spoons at the ready, as 5 finalists don their aprons to show off their kitchen skills as they competed for the best young chef competition during the 2011 Rising stars.


The judges were treated to easy to make, tasty dishes that showcased more versatility and flavour of the fresh cultivated mushrooms. After tough battle and debates, Mahlatse Madimabe of Culinary Passions School of  Hospitality with her incredible dish Mushroom and Chicken Liver Tart was crowned the overall winner of the competition.  Mahlatse won herself a trophy and a whooping R4000.00 in cash; she proved her love for cooking and the passion that she has that drives her to work hard at what she does.

“The cook-off was unbelievably challenging with 5 strong and confident finalists, as a member of the judging panel it really was challenging for me and all finalists’ dishes were over the top and very impressive” said Chef Citrum Khumalo, member of the judging panel.


Azwifaneli Mudau of Culinary Passions School of Hospitality took 2nd place with her mouthwatering Red Curry Mushroom in a nun bread basket. On 3rd place was Rose Ntuli from Lesedi Community Development Organization in Mpumalanga. 4th and 5th place were respectively taken by Renchia Ingrams of The Culinary Academy with her Portabella and Mushroom Duxelle and Kalish Laljeeth of Durban University of Technology with Mushroom and Thyme Lasagne.


“The quality number of entries received every year is outstanding. This prestigious annual competition was now on its 5th leg, this competition provides great opportunities for the young student chefs to showcase their skills, courage and confidence in the kitchen.” Says SAMFA Chairperson Ross Richardson.



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