SA Olive Young Chef Finalists – Renate

The first ever SA Olive Young Chef Competition mixes South Africa’s thriving culinary culture with the ever growing olive industry, providing the perfect chance to develop young and talented local chefs.

Hurst students were given the opportunity to submit recipes for the The SA Olive Young Chef Competition, from there the top ten recipes were selected and are going to come to life in the final cook-off to be held at Hurst Campus in Paarl on 13 April 2019. The finalists will present their culinary creations to a panel of professional, high profile chefs on the day. Fans will then be able to vote for their favourite dishes on social media, the winner will be announced on 2 May 2019.

Meet one of our finalists:


Renate van Reenen

What made you enter the competition?
I work with desserts and creating one with olives and olive oil sounded like a great challenge. It is something fun and new for me to work with.

Why are you becoming a chef?
I enjoy cooking and the family activities around it. It’s so amazing to see people putting love into their dishes.

Where do you come from?
Blouberg (West Coast).

Do you have special memories from cooking when you were a child?
I remember making desserts with my great grandmother.

What would you like to excel in in terms of being a chef?
Mostly pastry, but not neglecting the other disciplines.

What is your wildest dream for your career?
To have my own little restaurant that is connected to the high school I went to. This will be a way for them to also promote what they do.

Give us a hint of what you’ll be making at the cook-off?
Dessert – with a combination of three flavours.

Do you think this type of competition builds up young chefs in SA?
It is good experience for young chefs.


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